Tyler Glasnow was the Pirates' Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2013. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
By the middle of the 2014 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates could have two pitchers in the majors with top of the rotation upside. Gerrit Cole joined the Pirates in 2013, and started looking like an ace by the end of the season. Jameson Taillon could make the same jump this year, and also has the potential to be a top of the rotation guy. The Pirates could also have a third future ace on the way not long into the future.
Everyone knew about Cole and Taillon heading into the 2013 season. Tyler Glasnow, on the other hand, was just one of many tall, projectable right-handed pitchers the Pirates had drafted and signed with an over-slot bonus. He showed flashes of his potential at the end of the 2012 season, and had a high ceiling with the potential to be an ace, but he was still more on the raw side. Then came his big breakout year.
Glasnow went to West Virginia in 2013 and absolutely...
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