Grant Black is very familiar with training at Proformance
Elevate. He was the very first player to begin training here in
December 2013 following Tommy John surgery. He has been
training and instructing here during every off-season since that time.
Grant currently is a professional baseball pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals organization after spending two years with the Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier Professional Baseball League. In 2019, he led the league in appearances with 51 which shattered the Gateway record of 43 set the pervious year. He struck our 63 batters, had an ERA of 2.42. and held opposing hitters to .188 batting average.
Grant also spent 3 weeks with the New Britain Bees of the Professional Atlantic League at the conclusion of the year at Gateway, appearing in 12 games, finishing 6 of those games. In 2018, he was named “Rookie of the Year” for the the Grizzlies and led his team in strikeouts (63) and innings
pitched (49.1) for all relievers. He was also near the top of the
leader board in both the West division and the league in these categories along with several others.
Having earned his BS degree in Exercise Science from the
University of Arkansas at Monticello in May 2017, he
understands what it takes to become a complete pitcher. Black said, “It’s all about hard work and training properly, having good dietary habits, working on and adjusting mechanics, and being able to have a solid mental approach to the game. That’s what I will be teaching-being mentally tough and how to make the physical and mental adjustments while training and being
on the mound.”
After Junior college, Grant had two standout years as a
starting pitcher for UAM, helping lead the Boll Weevils to their
first back-to-back conference tournament championships. He logged 102 innings his senior year and was the winning pitcher of the GAC championship game in his junior year. While at UAM, he won the Boll Weevil Iron-Man competition for consecutive years and was also named one of three finalists for the UAM Senior Male Student-Athlete of the Year Award. Black was also a 4 time Academic All-American in college.
Here is what he said about Proformance, “I am where I am
today because of Dustin Moseley and Will Lewis. These
training facilities are second to none and the instruction is top notch from top to bottom. I am excited about the opportunity to give back to the community and appreciate Proformance for continuing to help me follow my dream.”