Newport native Grant Black promoted to AAA, started Sunday for Memphis Redbirds
MEMPHIS (KAIT) - A former Newport Greyhound pitcher is a step closer to St. Louis.
Grant Black was promoted from Springfield to Memphis. He got the starting nod Sunday in his Triple-A debut. The Redbirds faced the Toledo Mud Hens in the finale of a five-game series. Black had a stellar showing, he tossed 4 shutout innings, allowed 3 hits, and struck out 2.
Black appeared in 10 games in relief this season with Springfield. He recorded a save on May 16th vs. the Arkansas Travelers. Black had 23 strikeouts in 16.1 innings pitched in Double A. He shined in his last two outings with Springfield, striking out 5 on May 29th and on June 2nd.
Grant has had quite the journey in professional baseball. The St. Louis Cardinals purchased his contract in February 2020, continuing a run of success from UAM to independent baseball. The journey almost didn’t happen. Grant overcame an ACL injury in high school plus Tommy John surgery in JUCO ball.
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