Prospect Watch: Taking a Closer Look At Tyler Glasnow’s Impressive Numbers


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 mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player page.

1. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (3-6, 2.94) – DNP

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.295) – DNP

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (5-2, 2.48) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.288) – 1-for-4

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.200) – 1-for-5

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.279) – 0-for-4

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (1-2, 3.86) – DNP

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (1-1, 1.93) –  DNP

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.500) – 1-for-3, 2B, 2 BB

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.263) – 0-for-5

11. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.290) – 0-for-4

12. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.239) – 1-for-4

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

14. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.212) – 1-for-4

15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.185) – Low-A DL (UPDATE 6/22)

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (2-5, 4.89) – DNP

17. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (1-1, 3.48) – DNP

18. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 1.97) – DNP

19. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.304) – 3-for-4, SB

20. Blake Taylor, LHP, GCL Pirates (0-0, 0.00) – DNP



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Top Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP (5-2, 2.48) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Harold Ramirez, CF (.304) – 3-for-4, SB

Home Runs: Francisco Aponte (1)



Box Score

Result: Columbus 4, Indianapolis 0

Starting Pitcher: Graham Godfrey, RHP (6-5, 4.54) – 6.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jared Goedert, 2B (.247) – 1-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Alex Presley, CF (.294) – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Indianapolis only had two hits on the night. Graham Godfrey got his fourth start with Indianapolis, filling in for a rotation that has been depleted by injuries and promotions to the majors. He has a 3.42 ERA in 23.2 innings in those starts. Andrew Lambo got off to a hot start in his jump to Triple-A, but has cooled lately, going 9-for-35 with a .640 OPS in his last ten games.



Altoona was off for the Eastern League All-Star break.



Box Score

Result: Palm Beach 6, Bradenton 2

Starting Pitcher: Orlando Castro, LHP (1-1, 6.00) – 3.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Taylor Lewis, CF (.208) – 1-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS (.288) – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Orlando Castro has struggled in his jump to high-A. After a 1.93 ERA in 74.2 innings in low-A, Castro has a 6.00 ERA in his first 18 innings. That’s not enough to draw any grand conclusions, other than noting that it’s not exactly a small jump from low-A to high-A. By comparison, Castro did struggle in 2012 in low-A, with a 4.76 ERA in 45.1 innings before dominating this year. Alen Hanson had his 22nd error of the year. It was also his first error since June 19th, snapping an 11 game errorless streak.


Tyler Glasnow threw six shutout innings tonight. (Photo Credit: Tom Bragg)
Tyler Glasnow threw six shutout innings tonight. (Photo Credit: Tom Bragg)


Box Score

Result: West Virginia 3, Kannapolis 1

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP (5-2, 2.48) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Walker Gourley, 1B (.324) – 2-for-4, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Max Moroff, SS (.259) – 2-for-2, 2 BB

Ryan Hafner, RHP (3.04) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: WARNING: If you are under the age of 18, or you are reading with a child in the room, you might want to skip this section. I’m about to go over Tyler Glasnow’s stats, and they’re pretty dirty. Like Backdoor Sluts 9 dirty. After throwing six shutout innings tonight (which was the first time he’s gone six in his career), Glasnow has a 2.48 ERA in 76.1 innings this year, with a 109:43 K/BB ratio. His 109 strikeouts lead the organization. A.J. Burnett is second with 102, although Glasnow has 18 fewer innings. Control has been the issue for Glasnow (5.07 BB/9 this year), although he has shown improvements lately. In his last seven starts he has allowed 13 walks in 33.2 innings (3.47 BB/9). That’s an acceptable rate when you’re allowing a BAA of around .150 and a K/9 rate over 12 in the same span. He also has a 1.87 ERA in those seven starts. Tonight he had five shutout innings and six strikeouts, but was under 60 pitches, which allowed him to move on to the sixth. Also Walker Gourley stole his 24th base.



Box Score

Result: Jamestown 5, Batavia 2

Starting Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP (2-2, 4.58) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Harold Ramirez, CF (.304) – 3-for-4, SB

Other Notable Performers:

JaCoby Jones, SS (.407) – 1-for-4, 3B

Jin-De Jhang, C (.354) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Francisco Aponte (.195) – 1-for-3, HR, BB

Game Notes: JaCoby Jones now has a five game hitting streak. He also played his second game at shortstop, with his other four coming in center field. Jin-De Jhang has a six game hitting streak, and is 12-for-33 in his last ten games, with a double and five walks. Harold Ramirez has an eight game hitting streak, and is 15-for-34 in his last ten games, with four doubles, a triple, a homer, and five walks. He also stole his eighth base of the year tonight. Dovydas Neverauskas struggled for two starts, but has bounced back with three earned runs in ten innings over his last two starts, with a 5:2 K/BB ratio. Also, an interesting note from Ben Badler:



Box Score

Result: Pirates 10, Yankees 2

Starting Pitcher: Wei-Chung Wang, LHP (2.70) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adam Landecker, 3B (.239) – 3-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Ulises Montilla, 2B (.302) – 2-for-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI

Reese McGuire, DH (.500) – 1-for-3, 2B, 2 BB

Austin Meadows, CF (.200) – 1-for-5

Nick Buckner, RF (.250) – 1-for-4, BB

Game Notes: Austin Meadows and Nick Buckner both made their pro debuts today. Meadows singled in his first at-bat, while Buckner singled in his last at-bat. Reese McGuire is 9-for-18 with three doubles and three walks in five games so far. He has a hit in every game. Ulises Montilla has a .302 average and a .961 OPS in 43 at-bats this year. I’ve been impressed by his hitting skills, and he looks like the next Alen Hanson/Dilson Herrera offensive middle infielder. Wei-Chung Wang now has a 2.70 ERA in 16.2 innings, with a 17:1 K/BB ratio in four starts.

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A rotation of Cole, Taillon, Glasnow, Kingham and Heredia sounds like the makings of a Braves circa 1990’s juggernaut of a staff to me. Mark my words, 2013 won’t be remembered as the year the losing streak ended, it’ll be the year the winningest decade in Pirates history began!


That looks good on paper, but you have to find room for Jeanmar! 🙂

As awesome as that rotation could be, how much better could it possibly be than this year’s? I guess it could do the same as this year’s staff for 6 – 8 years. A man can dream, huh?


Heckler I think somebody asks that question about “why is such and such player in/not in rankings at such and such time” at least 3 times a week. So I’ll just chalk that up to you not being all that bright. Baseball is littered with thousands of players over the years who had breakout years, then struggled, then adjusted and were productive players. Kid didn’t touch a bat for almost 2 years. Played a couple months last year once he finally could swing a bat. First full year as a hitter since aluminum bats on high school in 2010 and he destroys the south Atlantic league, then struggles at a higher level for 4 weeks? And that for you is enough of a sample size to give up on pure, raw power? He has a left-side infielder glove at first base, which is a position known for power and strikeouts. People in Detroit were happy to trade 500 strikeouts over 3 years for 130 home runs by Cecil Fielder in the early 90’s. My god Rob Deer used to strike out 180 times for only 25-30 HR’s a year. Ryan Howard is a more recent example. There aren’t that many Albert Pujols-type first baseman over the years. He may hit 500 home runs and strikeout 2,000 times in the majors. He may never make it past AA. But Jesus its a little early to give up after less than one season as a hitter.


Probably the best way to deal with a troll like Heckler, who has done nothing but criticize how Tim runs his site, is to ignore him.

Dom DiDominic

Does Tyler XXX Glasnow have a chance to slide to Bradenton for a couple starts?


While not any two pitchers are alike, the Pirates have a very structured approach for the prep arms at the lower levels. In the cases of both Kingham and Taillon, both spent the entire season at West Virginia to harness fastball-changeup control. Once this is completed, it seems the Pirates tend to let them loose and begin to promote the following year based on merit. I think the only thing holding Glasnow back now is his control and once that is squared away, he’s going to be moving up the ladder very quickly. Even with Cole’s promotion, we have four potential top of the rotation pitchers in the minors. That is just crazy


I think Tim’s written about this before. If I recall correctly, the Bucs usually keep the young prep arms at the level for the entire season, i.e. Taillon in 2011 in WVa all year, moved to Bradenton last year and just got a taste of Altoona at the end.
But Taillon didn’t dominated like Glasnow is. There doesn’t seem to be any challenge for him left at this level, other than control, which has gotten better recently. But that may be enough to keep in in Wva the rest of the season. Then if he keeps this up next year in Bradenton, move him up to AA mid-season instead of waiting until the end.


Agreed about the MLB timeframe, and probably think 2016 is more realistic. After all he is still 19 years old! If it’s 2015, he’d be making his debut younger than Cole did this year. Crazy to think that’s possible, but it is.


Why does Stetson Allie remain on this list of top prospects (or any prospects for that matter)? His performance in Bradenton is way below sub par. He seems to be all about Stetson and not about the team. He needs to be sent back to West Virginia for maturation if nothing else. Once again the hype hasn’t lived up to the player and in Stetson’s case the player hasn’t lived up to the hype. Good riddance.


“Once again the hype hasn’t lived up to the player and in Stetson’s case the player hasn’t lived up to the hype”

What does this even mean? Either the hype has to exceed the player or vice versa, so it’s menaingless babble to say both haven’t lived up to each other.

And good riddance indeed. By all means, cut him. And make it the organizations new procedure to cut everyone that struggles in their fisrt 50 ABs in a new level, even if they led their previous league in OPS. They’ll have about 3 position players at each level, including MLB, but at least we won’t have to watch guys struggle.

Heckler for GM!!!! #FreeHeckler (from intelligent conversation)


Being the uninformed heckler that you are, of course you are ignorant to the fact that Allie struggled during 2012 batting .213 with 3 HR in 150 ABs in the GCL, and then during this year in WV he puts up Miguel Cabrera-like numbers in the 1st half with a .324 BA and 17 HR in 244 AB. And here you are grossly misusing the word hype as if the someone contorted his performance into being stellar. In WV, his performance was incontrovertibly stellar, and thus he gained serious, well deserved hype. Yea he’s struggling now, but that’s nothing new for him. At least he’s proven in WV that he has the potential to become an everyday stud.

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