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First Pitch: Thoughts on Glasnow’s Control, Pimentel and Florimon Waiver Decisions

First Pitch: Thoughts on Glasnow’s Control, Pimentel and Florimon Waiver Decisions

Tyler Glasnow has some amazing stuff. It's arguably the best in the system, potentially better than Gerrit Cole's stuff when both are at their best. The problem? He lacks control.

That's not the case all the time, but it does creep up in every start. The control issues are limited to a bad inning in some starts. Other starts see him struggle throughout the game. Despite this, he has absolutely dominated the lower levels. And if tonight's outing was any indication, it looks like he might do the same thing at the Double-A level.

At some point, this trend will end. Glasnow will reach a level where his stuff won't dominate if it's off, simply because the opposing hitters are more disciplined, and are used to higher quality pitches, and will let Glasnow beat himself. Maybe that could happ...

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