Prospect Watch: Tyler Glasnow Strikes Out 12 in 5 Innings; Allie Hits 13th Homer


A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the pre-season rankings, and links to each prospect writeup can be found by clicking the player names below. Players who weren’t in the original top 20 are linked to their player page on the site.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Indianapolis (3-2, 3.75) – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (2-5, 3.02) – DNP

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.321) – 1-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, SB

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.286) – 1-for-4, BB

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training (Luis Heredia Close to Joining West Virginia)

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.275) – 2-for-5, 3B, BB

7. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.220) – Low-A DL

8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (3-0, 2.31) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 12 K, 1 HR

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 19.29) – Triple-A DL

10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (5-2, 3.42) – DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (1-3, 6.08) – DNP

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.314) – DNP

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.304) – 0-for-2, BB

14. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.185) – 0-for-4

15. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (2-1, 6.10) – 5.0 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

16. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-2, 2.63) – Triple-A DL

17. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (3-2, 2.87) – DNP

18. Jin-De Jhang, C, Extended Spring Training

19. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (2-2, 3.35) – DNP

20. Jordy Mercer, SS, Indianapolis (.333) – In Majors



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Top Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP (2.31) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 12 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Hague, 1B (.297) – 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Alex Presley (4), Matt Hague (2), Stetson Allie (13)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 7, Buffalo 3

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (4-2, 2.91) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Hague, 1B (.297) – 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Mike Zagurski, LHP (2.18) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Alex Presley, CF (.276) – 1-for-4, HR, BB

Felix Pie, LF (.277) – 2-for-3, 2B, 2 BB, 2 SB

Game Notes: Brandon Cumpton now has a 2.91 ERA in 46.1 innings with Indianapolis, along with a 40:17 K/BB ratio. He also has a 2.76 GO/AO ratio at the level. Mike Zagurski struck out the side and now has 37 strikeouts in 20.2 innings this year. Ryan Reid gave up a one out home run in the sixth inning, snapping his scoreless innings streak at 25 innings. That falls just shy of Indianapolis Indians record set by RHP Scott Strickland who threw 25.2 consecutive shutout innings in 2006. Matt Hague hit his second homer of the year and Alex Presley hit his first to put Indianapolis up 3-0 in the first inning. Felix Pie stole two bases, giving him 18 on the year.



Altoona was suspended in the 7th inning. The game will be completed on June 4th.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 12, Tampa 4

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Sampson, RHP (2-1, 6.10) – 5.0 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Gamache, 2B (.286) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Willy Garcia, RF (.224) – 2-for-5

Gregory Polanco, CF (.321) – 1-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, SB

Game Notes: Adrian Sampson gave up two unearned runs in the first inning after an Alen Hanson fielding error. It was Hanson’s first fielding related error since April 23rd. Sampson went on to throw four shutout innings after that, although he worked out of some damage along the way. Gregory Polanco stole his 19th base of the year.


Tyler Glasnow struck out a career high 12 batters.
Tyler Glasnow struck out a career high 12 batters.


Box Score

Result: West Virginia 3, Lakewood 2

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP (2.31) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 12 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Eric Wood, 3B (.296) – 3-for-6, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Max Moroff, SS (.231) – 2-for-5, BB

Jason Creasy, RHP (3.98) – 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Stetson Allie, DH (.329) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 BB

Game Notes: Tyler Glasnow only needed 75 pitches to strike out 12 batters in five innings tonight. In his last five starts, Glasnow has given up six earned runs on eight hits and 12 walks in 24 innings, with 46 strikeouts. On the season he has a 2.31 ERA in 39 innings, with a 62:23 K/BB ratio. Stetson Allie hit his 13th homer of the year. West Virginia won in the 12th when Eric Wood singled in Josh Bell.

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Glasnow is quickly closing (closed?) the gap between Heredia and himself for #3 pitching prospect. Bucs stable of power arms is impressive.


Is someone like a Bell or Glasnow less likely to get promoted because it’s their first full year rather than someone in High A?


I don’t know if they will move up Glasnow because of innings use, he only threw 75 pitches and they shut him down, seems to me they are more likely to shut him down than promote him, the Pirates are extremely cautious with their young players. I like everyone else am curious to see what he can do if he moves a little bit higher.
If the Pirates are smart they will start to limit their AAA pitchers pitches, they might need them later in the year in the majors and they don’t want them as worn out as the pitchers they would replace.


I realize that Tyler Glasnow is barely an adult, but when should the Pirates take the training wheels off of him to see what he can really do? I expect him to be promoted to Bradenton before Independence Day if he keeps up his current pace.


I would imagine they would maybe give him until mid season break. He threw very limited innings last year, so I don’t think they will push him too hard. So far, his career batting average against is somewhere in the neighborhood of .150. We should keep in mind, he has only thrown about 75 innings in the minors so far, but you would be hard-pressed to find a more promising start to any Pirate pitching prospect’s career. He keeps pitching at a level close to this, he will be in Bradenton for the second half.
So far, some promising stuff from the mound between Glasnow and Kingham, to go with Taillon and Cole. And we haven’t even seen Heredia yet. Excited for him to get started, the way he pitched in the Penn League last year.


There are quite a few minor leaguers close to being promoted – Allie and Glasnow are two. Gregory Polanco is another who should get moved up at some point if he can maintain what he is now doing. Also Tony Sanchez would likely be called up if one of the Pirates’ catchers has an injury.


Glasnow is only 19 and tearing up the SAL so far! Allowed 2 hits or less in 7 of his 9 starts. One of those was a 2.2 inning start due to a number of walks, but holy smokes! 62 Ks in 39 IP?!?! If he can cut back on the walks, look out! That is the only thing driving his WHIP up to 1.0, which is still darn good!

NorCal Buc

Tim – Was that Scott Strickland who has the Indy record for consecutive scoreless innings, or is it Hunter Strickland, who we received in the trade of Adam LaRoche? ?

Susanne Klich Langford

Scott Strickland NorCal. Hunter never made it to AAA. I remember 7-8 years back Strickland shutting down everyone and the Bucs refusing to call him up. He had decent mlb numbers too and never really got another chance. – frederick langford

Kevin Anstrom

Altoona could use his bat

Scott Richards

Allie was mentioned on MLB TV today…they said move him up and see what he has. I agree.

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