Top pitching prospect Tyler Glasnow will be making his 2014 debut on Friday for Bradenton against St. Lucie. Glasnow missed the start of the season after having lower back tightness during Spring Training. He was recovered by the end of Spring Training, but needed time to build up his innings.
In his final rehab start, Glasnow was hitting 100 MPH, hitting that number seven times, according to Jim Callis. The right-hander had hit 99 MPH a few times last year, so the one extra mile per hour isn't a huge difference. The frequency in which he hit that number is more significant.
"I know I hit it that day," Glasnow said. "I didn't know I hit it that many times though."
Glasnow did mention that his control wasn't as good in that start. The control is going to be the biggest test for him going forward. Last year he saw his walk rate slowly declining as the season went on, going from a 6.28 BB/9 in his first ten games of the season, to a 3.06 BB/9 in a ten game stretch that ended in t...
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