|Bats / Throws||Right / Right|
|Date of Birth||6/26/1990|
|Height, Weight||6'5", 225 lbs|
|Drafted||2011 - Rd 7|
Black was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Monday, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.
Black has triple-digit heat, but he also has minor-league options, so he was sent down as the Giants look to manage their bullpen resources. He'll likely be back at some point this season, as his 6.17 ERA in 23.1 frames last year hid a decent 3.98 FIP.
Black has made six appearances this spring, posting a 3.38 ERA with five strikeouts over 5.1 innings.
Black is currently vying for a middle-relief role with the Giants this season. The hard-throwing righty can touch triple digits on the gun (97.9 mph fastball average last season), but his mediocre control (3.9 BB/9) and lack of command within the strike zone (1.5 HR/9) left him with a 6.17 ERA over 23.1 innings in 2018. Still, Black's elite strikeout numbers (12.7 K/9 in the majors was the lowest mark of any affiliated season) make him an intriguing relief arm should he not only win a job out of camp, but move into a higher-leverage role at some point this season.