Tyler Glasnow is the Pirates Prospects 2013 Minor League Pitcher of the Year. (Photo Credit: Tom Bragg)

Tyler Glasnow is Set to Make His 2014 Debut on Friday

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 the middle of August. Continuing that improvement will be huge in his attempt to be a top of the rotation starter.

A big focus this year for Glasnow will be on the changeup. The Pirates have him focusing on improving that pitch, and throwing it more frequently.

“I’ve been throwing the changeup a lot more,” Glasnow said. “That’s been feeling a lot better.”

This is the same level that Jameson Taillon started working on his changeup more frequently, getting challenged by the Pirates pitching coaches to throw the pitch 20 times per start. Glasnow has a plus fastball when his command is on, and he’s got a plus curveball at times. If he can develop a good changeup, he’ll have a dominant three pitch mix to work with.

Glasnow will be pitching every five days in the Bradenton rotation. Currently that rotation has five guys who are all performing well. I wouldn’t be surprised to see one of the current rotation members sent up to Altoona to replace the recently injury Zack Dodson.

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  • Leefoo Rug Bug

    CONTROL, imho, will be the key going forward, more than the changeup. Without the control, he won’t even be much use as a reliever.

    • skliesen

      As Sam Snead once said, “The woods are full of long hitters.” Different sport, same concept.

      • piraddict

        But Nolan Ryan had a decent career.

        • Lee Young

          he gained control AND command.

  • Dom DiDominic

    My take from this write up is …. he hit 100 SEVEN MUTHER F***ING TIMES. WHOLLY S***!!!! Cole will make a nice #2.

  • deacs

    Any shot of him making a June 2015 debut or did the injury push that back?

    • Ian Rothermund

      I doubt it. He’s only missed like 3 starts.

      • deacs

        Imagine Taillon, Glasnow and Kingham heading up the AAA rotation next year and the anticipation for their debuts. Not quite as good as JVB, Bullington and Jimmy Anderson but it’s a start.

  • sweetleb

    if he masters the change up by mid june ,he will be in the rotation after the super 2 deadline?

    • SteveW

      Assume you mean after the June 2015 Super 2 deadline. That is possible but not likely. Optimistically he doesn’t get to AA until the latter part of the year, then starts 2015 in AA before moving up to AAA. With unexpected control gains and command of his changeup, he could get to Pittsburgh by June of 2015 but I wouldn’t bet on it. Remember that he is two years younger than Taillon – so that would be a very aggressive path.

  • moose7195

    Finally, some good news on the injury front

  • stickyweb

    Great news indeed, and a little unexpected since Glasnow was left out of Tim’s injury update posting. Only missing a few weeks and a few starts seemed like the best case scenario when the injury was announced. About time we got one of those best cases.

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