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.

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  1. 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?

    • 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”

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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