Dan Black, 28, has agreed to sign a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins that includes an invitation to Major League spring training. The switch-hitting first baseman owns a career .285/.377/.459 batting line, most recently competing for the KT Wiz in the Korea Baseball Association (KBO). Before Black had his contract sold to the KT Wiz, they were 11-50, while after he joined, the team went 41-41.
Black spent the first six full seasons of his career in the White Sox organization before playing for KT Wiz last season. Black was drafted out of Purdue University by the Chicago White Sox in the 14th round of the 2009 draft.
Last season was a standout year for Black. Black was hitting .359 in Triple-A for the White Sox in 34 games before agreeing to play for the KT Wiz in Korea. In the KBO he hit .333 and led the team in home runs (12 in just 54 games). After the KBO season concluded, Black was selected to play for Team USA in the Premier 12 tournament where he started 7 of the 8 games and batted in the cleanup spot for the Stars and Stripes.
The Marlins have lost two minor league depth pieces in Viosergy Rosa and Zack Cox in the Rule 5 Draft, so Black will likely compete with recently signed Xavier Scruggs for a corner spot on the roster.