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Tyler Glasnow’s Curve Rated Best in AFL

Tyler Glasnow’s Curve Rated Best in AFL
John Dreker

Jonathan Mayo posted an article for the best tools in the Arizona Fall League and Tyler Glasnow was named the pitcher with the best breaking ball. Glasnow throws a big-breaking curve that sits 77-78 MPH, which really keeps hitters off-balance when paired with his mid-90’s fastball. Mayo mentions that one scout rated his curve as a plus-plus pitch.

The voting not only comes from Mayo, he also talked to scouts and took a poll of 50 players in the league. Glasnow was a runner-up for the best pitcher and got plenty of votes for the best fastball. No other Pirates players were mentioned among any of the other categories.

  • Lee Foo Young

    We all know Glasnow has top shelf stuff. I am hoping his command becomes at least consistently average. Because with that stuff, average command is all he’ll need.

  • piraddict

    Why wouldn’t the Pirates teach Glasnow Charlie Morton’s sinking fastball (at 90 – 91 MPH ) to compliment the fastball and curve, sitting between the two velocities and breaking opposite the curve? Apparently he struggles with the changeup and he needs a third pitch to be a successful MLB starter.

    • Great idea!

    • Y2JGQ2

      Gotta control the 4 seamer before you can throw a sinker effectively. Otherwise he’ll be so mixed up between leaving fastballs high and sinkers low he’ll explode

    • NMR

      Glasnow already has so much plane on his fastball due to size and arm slot that he won’t have any trouble getting ground balls.

      A true sinker, a la Charlie Morton, wouldn’t be a terribly useful pitch.

  • Kenny Moore

    Runner up? Glasnow is the the best P prospect in the game!

    • Wow, I guess who’ve written off a guy named “Jamison Tallion. No comparison better pitch-ability. Neither ready obviously but, Tallion is hands down closer to the big leagues even coming off-TJ. Glasnow needs to figure out the key to becoming a successful pitcher at any level-“fastball command”. It will be interesting at the AA level-better hitters! They are NOT going to swing at too much out of the zone like lower level hitters. If he can fix his command- “now your making a little sense Kenny”. But, to say he is the best P prospect in the game- “not so much”

  • Ian Rothermund

    I’m a huge fan of the separation between his fastball and curve. If he can somehow get his change into that 85-87 range, that would be fantastic. Now how about that command?

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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