The stat line for Tyler Glasnow’s start at Pirate City yesterday looked great: 3 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. The lone run came on a walk, two stolen bases, and scored on a ground out.
What the stats don’t tell you is that Glasnow was wild. His first inning was efficient, needing only seven pitches to get through the frame. The next two weren’t so efficient, and he finished with 44 pitches on the day, and 24 strikes.
Glasnow is in the minors right now to fix his command. Some days his pitches are on, and he’s absolutely dominant. Other days his fastball can get a bit wild and…we’ll, he’s still really dominant, as you can see by the stats above. But that’s only against minor leaguers. That won’t play in the majors, and he’ll run into a lot of trouble with the same issues.
The video below looks at almost every pitch Glasnow threw (with the exception of his two pitch groundout to start the game). He was sitting 93-94 MPH with his fastball, and touched as high as 98. His changeup was 85-86 MPH. As I noted above, the first inning looked good, but the next two got a little wild. Glasnow talked after the game about what he was working on during the start, with the interview featured in the video.