Baseball Prospectus named Tyler Glasnow as one of ten prospects who exceeded expectations this year.  (Photo Credit: Tom Bragg)

Another Glasnow Gem in West Virginia Win

The hype around Pirates pitching prospect Tyler Glasnow appears to grow with every start the young right-hander makes and after Saturday’s performance against visiting Lakewood that trend looks like it will continue.

Tyler Glasnow had 10 stirkesouts and just one walk in West Virginia's win on Saturday. (Photo Credit: Tom Bragg)

Tyler Glasnow had 10 stirkeouts and just one walk in West Virginia’s win on Saturday. (Photo Credit: Tom Bragg)

Glasnow has been one of those 75 pitches/5 innings guys so far this season which makes what he has been able to accomplish that much more impressive. Saturday’s line? Five innings pitched, five hits allowed, zero runs, one walk and 10 strikeouts. In his last two starts he has tallied 14 strikeouts to just two walks in 10 innings. Let that sink in.

On Saturday the 19-year old from California was on his game from the start with three first-inning punchouts (with his one walk of the contest coming in the first also) and despite scattering five hits during the next four innings was never in much trouble and seemed to be in command of the situation throughout his appearance. Glasnow’s fastball topped out in the 96-97 miles per hour range (depending on which gun — stadium or scouts — you trust) but he also had his off speed and breaking pitches going and was not just throwing them for strikes but also making Lakewood batters swing and miss.

A question we hear a lot is, “When are the Pirates going to move Glasnow up to Bradenton or Altoona?” and honestly I do not know. It is much more likely when he does move up it will be to Bradenton, however with the inning restriction he has been under even that seems unlikely.

Saturday’s win was just Glasnow’s fourth of the season (4-1, 2.60 ERA) and his first since May 12, but in the time since his last win all he has done is rack up 53 strikeouts with 18 walks and 12 earned runs allowed in 29 innings pitched.

To quote one of my favorite series of commercials from a few years ago, “Dem’s numbers”


Glasnow was not the only Pittsburgh prospect  to contribute to the Power’s 8-2 win.

Josh Bell went 2-for-5 with two RBIs, Barrett Barnes continued his solid series with a double and an RBI, Walker Gourley had two hits and an RBI, Max Moroff went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Dilson Herrera had a double, an RBI and scored twice and Jordan Steranka had a three-hit game in just this third game with West Virginia.

The Power close its four-game series with Lakewood on Sunday at 2:05 p.m. with pitcher Luis Heredia scheduled to make his first start for the club.

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Tom Bragg

Tom Bragg is a beat writer and analyst for He is the former sports editor of the (Fairmont) Times West Virginian and has worked at the Charleston Gazette, Charleston Daily Mail and the (Ashland, Ky.) Independent. His freelance work has appeared in newspapers all over West Virginia and he has written for The Associated Press with stories posted to several major media outlets (,, Tom graduated from Marshall University in May 2010 with a degree in Print Journalism. Follow Tom on Twitter: @TomBraggSports

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  • buc em all

    Is moroff a legit ss? He seems to have a pretty good bat but a lot of errors thanks for the article though

    • Tom Bragg

      He’s OK but I’m not sold on him as a top-level prospect yet. The glove definitely needs work.

  • TimF

    Josh Bell seems to be hitting and hitting for double power at least. Any chance he moves up soon or is there something he needs to improve before he can move on?

    • Tom Bragg

      I think it’s possible Bell moves to Bradenton before the end of the summer but I’m wrong about those things more often than not (I didn’t think Stetson Allie would be gone so soon, for example).

      Bell has been tearing the cover off the ball but struggles with breaking stuff from time to time. After the injury cost him nearly all of last season I don’t think it would be a terrible idea to let him play out the rest of the season in West Virginia and see what happens as far as Bradenton or Altoona goes coming out of camp in 2014.

  • iChuck33

    OK, just to set the record straight, the stadium gun speed (that is projected in left center field) is not just kinda off or similar to scout guns, IT’S WAY OFF!!! When sitting behind home plate, I’ve regularly seen a +/- 7 mph difference compared to several scout guns. That’s right I actually saw a pitch that was projected to be 7 MPH SLOWER, and it wasn’t even swung at either! And talking with some of the pitchers who sit behind home-plate, they too acknowledge that the stadium gun is “juiced” and often inconsistent. Meanwhile the Power broadcasters and others cite the stadium gun as the true pitch speed on a daily basis. When listening to home games on the radio that I can’t make, I laugh to myself when I hear any pitch speed because I know they sure as hell can’t see any scout guns from the press box. So I know where they ARE looking! Frankly, the folks sitting in the press box and reporting out of the press box need to get a clue! …There!….I finally got that gripe off my chest! No hard feelings, just the truth. As for Glasnow, this faulty stadium gun takes nothing away from him ’cause he is just nasty, and actually does throw very hard! Dominating hitters left and right. Once he gets consistent with his command from start to start, there’s no stopping him.

  • Tom Bragg

    Which is exactly why I have complained about the APP gun numerous times. If I mention a speed it is either from Pitch f/x (which we have in the working press area) or I ask a scout.

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