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First Pitch: How Tyler Glasnow Set the Bar Way Too High This Year

First Pitch: How Tyler Glasnow Set the Bar Way Too High This Year

Tyler Glasnow (Actual Photo)

Tyler Glasnow had an amazing season. Not counting his playoff start tonight -- which didn't go so well and will be his last start if West Virginia gets eliminated -- the right-hander had a 2.18 ERA and 164 strikeouts in 111.1 innings. Those strikeout numbers are insane. Consider this:

**Out of all minor league pitchers across baseball with 70+ innings, Glasnow's 36.3% strikeout rate ranks number one.

**Only five pitchers in all of minor league ball had a 30% or higher strikeout rate with 100+ innings. The closest to Glasnow was C.J. Edwards, who had a 33.1% rate. No one else was above 30.8%.

**Yu Darvish leads qualified starting pitchers in the majors with a 33.9% strikeout rate.

**Only 11 qualified pitchers in the majors have a strikeout rate of 25% or higher this year.

**Dating back to 2006, the closest any minor league pitcher with 100+ innings has come to Glasnow's 36.3% strikeout rate was Rich Hill with 35.5% in 2006. Matt Moore poste...

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