Black named Southern League Pitcher of the Week

KODAK, Tenn. (release) -- The Southern League announced today that Tennessee Smokies right-handed starting pitcher Corey Black has been named the league’s Pitcher of the Week for the time period between April 21-27.

Black tossed six no-hit innings in his outing on April 23 at Birmingham, earning the win after fanning eight and walking three in his strong start at Regions Field. The 22-year-old becomes the first Smokies player to earn weekly honors from the Southern League this season.

It was the second time this season the California native has not allowed a base knock in an outing after throwing five hitless frames on April 11 versus Chattanooga at Smokies Stadium. In four games (three starts) for Tennessee this season, the California native has posted a 1-1 record and 2.65 ERA (5 ER in 17.0 IP), adding 16 strikeouts.

The 22-year-old was rated by Baseball America as the No. 15 prospect in the Cubs system prior to this season, and was acquired by the club in a July 26, 2013 trade from the New York Yankees in exchange for outfielder Alfonso Soriano. The Yankees selected Black in the fourth round of the 2012 MLB Draft out of Faulkner University in Alabama.

Black is slated to start this evening’s series finale against the Huntsville Stars, the Double-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers at Smokies Stadium, with first pitch scheduled for 7:15 p.m. The Stars are expected to oppose Black with southpaw Brent Suter.

The series wraps up with McGhee Tyson Airport Low Fare Monday, with fans getting the bang for their buck as hot dogs, popcorn and sodas will all be available for just $1 each. Tickets for that game and the remaining 2014 Smokies home games are still available and can be purchased online at, or by calling the Smokies Ticket Office at (865) 286-2300.

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