Tyler Glasnow Still Needs to Improve His Control in Triple-A

While Tyler Glasnow had much better stuff on Sunday, he still had issues putting the ball over the plate consistently for strikes.

Of Glasnow’s 89 pitches, only 48 crossed for strikes. However, there were some encouraging signs. One of those signs was the velocity returning to the fastball, which was not there since the promotion to Indianapolis. Much of the game, Glasnow was sitting 94-95 on the gun.

He also complemented that with a sharp breaking ball that he has not been able to show yet in Indianapolis, which sat in the upper 70s. While he did not utilize it exclusively, the changeup was solid as well to keep hitters off-balance.

While Glasnow knows that he did not have his best results on Sunday overall, just going five innings, he knows that there is improvement being made.

“I’m still in a rut a little bit,” Glasnow said. “I need to keep working to get out of it. It is slowly, but surely getting better. I had a little bit of a curveball today. I just have to keep working.”

Glasnow saw plenty of base runners reach base, giving up five hits and three walks.

After a perfect first inning, Glasnow allowed a leadoff double and saw the runner get to third with no outs on a wild pitch. The right-hander then responded with three straight strikeouts to strand the runner. They were three of his seven for the outing.

The third inning saw the first two runners to reach via walks before Glasnow retired three in a row.

The fourth inning saw a leadoff ground rule double that just missed being a home run by inches and a sharp single to left. Glasnow then responded again to danger, as he picked up two more strikeouts with a walk in the middle, before inducing an infield ground out to cap the frame.

The fifth inning also saw the first two hitters pick up singles before Glasnow picked up a fly out, a strike out, and a ground out against his next three batters to slam the door shut.

While he knows that he had to battle the whole way, Glasnow was encouraged again with his ability to survive tough innings.

“I’m glad that I could bear down a little bit when I had runners on,” Glasnow said. “I have some things that I’m still working on, but I’m definitely glad I could bear down in those situations.”

Glasnow knows the work to improve comes on the days when he is not on the mound.

“I’m just trying to get back to normal,” Glasnow said. “I’m just trying to keep my weight back and really trying to be athletic and do it comfortably. I am just feeling different right now. I have to keep working in my bullpens and stay athletic.”

While the outing clearly had some flaws, the stuff was much better. If Glasnow is able to throw it consistently for strikes, he will be unhittable again at the new level. That’s important right now, as many of his issues have come from falling behind in the count.

  • Ryan: There’s a difference between “complement” and “compliment”. The latter has to do with saying something nice about someone. “I complimented her good taste in wine.” You wanted to say that Glasnow “complemented” his fastball that a sharp breaking ball.

    • Omg .. Not being sarcastic, but I never knew that – damn homophones.

      • It gets worse. When you stay at a nice hotel and they offer you a “complimentary” newspaper, I always thought it was a complement – as in, it it “completes/goes along with” your experience. Looked it up and turns out I was wrong – it is “complimentary” – as in, with compliments (“greetings/regards”), from the hotel.

  • But we have replaced A.J. Happ is the A.J. replacement – definitely not as good as the pre-All-Star break A.J., but almost as good as what he was AFTER the All-Star break, especially if you count the 5.1 with one earned Happ turned in on Friday. I bet Hurdle would take that every time Happ goes to the hill, if he could. The question is whether Glasnow would be a LOT better than Happ – and his first 3 starts in AAA don’t make a convincing argument.

  • Glasgow needs to prepare himself for the start of the 2016. We need to replace AJ.

    • Eugene Sinicki
      August 17, 2015 4:14 pm

      Yeah, but I bet the Pirates get another reclamation project. Force the young guys to pitch their way onto the roster during the season. This will protect Super 2, and gain that 7th year.

      • It will avoid Super 2 – which will give the Bucs the resources to sign a free agent. However leaving him in the minors until June has no effect on a 7th year.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    August 17, 2015 1:09 pm

    Luis Severino is younger than Glasnow, by about 5 months, yet he’s good enough to be in the Yankees rotation in the middle of a pennant race – and he has done very well. He had 65 starts in the minors, Glasnow has 75.

    Regarding control, Glasnow isn’t perfect – but if we are going to wait until every aspect of his game is perfect, he may never get called up. Even with occasional control lapses, he’s better than 3/5 of our rotation. Its not like none of our major league pitchers don’t have occasional control issues (see Liriano, Locke, Bastardo, etc.). He has a 1.49 ERA after 4 starts in AAA! In just about any other organization, he’d be in the starting rotation by now. I’d give him two more starts in August, and bring him up 9/1.

    • The “occasional control issues” you mention for Liriano, Locke, and Bastardo are a lot less frequent than what Glasnow deals with. He can get away with this in Triple-A, but not the majors. And he wouldn’t be better than 3/5 of the rotation. He put runners in scoring position with no outs in four of his five innings yesterday, and managed to escape the damage. Do you think he gets out of all of those jams in the majors?

      • Agree you would think that Stark,Bendict and Huntington don’t have a clue. I can see second guessing but not with this team and this management system in place. It’s unfortunate that they had so many injuries with their AS A pitching staff.

        • piraterican21
          August 17, 2015 1:59 pm

          One side note on that argument, the Pirates will hopefully have him or any other prospect that fan want rush for at least 6 years, why not have the best 6 and not wasted 1-2 years of that prospect abilities

          • Eugene Sinicki
            August 17, 2015 4:09 pm

            I agree looking at what is going on with Polanco right now. If he had gotten more ABs in the minors he might have performed better out of the gate.

            • You may have a point, but then again, I think it is a learning process at each higher level of competition – Polanco is learning. I have been on the side of they take too long to get quality pitchers through the minors. Put him at a level – if the results are very positive, move him up again and see how he reacts to the next higher level. Now, a lot of this is being too safe and a lot of it is making sure we can max out before they start making the big bucks. If he comes up in Jun of 2016 as a 23 year old, he will not become a FA until after his age 29 season.

          • You are 100% correct.

      • BuccosFanStuckinMD
        August 17, 2015 5:50 pm

        I disagree – if he is as good of a prospect as everyone says he is, then he has to be better than Morton, Locke, and Happ – none of whom have been better than middle of the road (at best) journeyman starters. If he isn’t better than them now, then he is overrated.

        • His prospect status, as with every prospect, is based on future potential. It’s not based on how he is right now.

          The best example of this I could give: Gerrit Cole was always considered a top prospect due to his ace potential. But he wasn’t anything close to that in 2012 in Bradenton/Altoona. And he wasn’t even close to that in 2013 with Indianapolis the first few months. But eventually, he was ready for the majors, even if he did have things to work on. Now, two years later, he’s looking like an ace.

          He was always a top prospect, but didn’t get to the point where he could help in the majors until two years after he was drafted, and didn’t reach his upside until two years after that. The prospect status was always based on that potential upside.

    • Give it up man. He’s not ready to be called up and even if he were, it’s a bad idea financially and the Pirates will never do it. You’ll thank them in 2021.

    • You’re referring to the 3/5 of the rotation that just limited the first place Mets to 4 er in 17 innings, striking out 20? The guy with the 1.62 WHIP in AAA is better than those guys?

      • Eugene Sinicki
        August 17, 2015 4:12 pm

        I’m on your side, but the Mets lineup is not that good. Thinking about their bats only, not defense, how many guys off the Mets would you take over who the Pirates send out there.

        • Lucas Duda would probably be the only one, maybe Wilmer Flores if you just went offense vs. Jordy Mercer. But it’s still a major league lineup – Granderson, Cespedes, d’Arnaud, Tejada, Flores and Murphy are all average-ish or better major leaguers at their positions and are fully capable of hitting 95 mph heaters.

      • BuccosFanStuckinMD
        August 17, 2015 5:53 pm

        Yes, they did pitch pretty well in that series….has that been their level of performance throughout the rest of their careers or this year? No. Given their track records, I am not counting on them to repeat that level of performance the rest of the way.

        sorry, that was a lame defense…

        • Whereas you are more than happy to give a kid who has struggled to throw strikes at AAA and has no third pitch the benefit of the doubt.

          Locke, Morton and Happ, over the course of several starts, are pretty close to league average starters. Moton 4.19 FIP/3.80 xFIP. Happ 3.98 FIP/3.96 xFIP. Locke 3.97 FIP/xFIP.

          If you think that Tyler Glasnow, today, could put up those numbers against major league hitters, you are mistaken. Without better control and an offspeed pitch to keep hitters from sitting on the fastball, even the weakest hitting major league teams would eat him alive.

    • Other than the fact that Severino has had significantly better control than Glasnow in the minors, there is one HUGE difference. If Severino turns into a perennial all-star, the Yanks will still retain him for the next 12 years due to their unlimited resources. If Glasnow turns into Clayton Kershaw, he will be gone in 6-7 years. Why not get 6-7 really good years out of him, instead of having a subpar first year?

      • BuccosFanStuckinMD
        August 17, 2015 5:55 pm

        Your post does raise a question of mine…..effective 9/1, teams can expand their rosters – and frequently a number of minor leaguers get called up. If a minor league gets a 9/1 callup, does that count towards their service clock?

    • The Pirates are cheap and don’t want to start his super 2 arbitration clock that is why come on you know that right?
      Glasnow will be in Pittsburgh June 2016 no super two just like Cole was in 2013

  • Why don’t you hire someone to proof-read your articles before they are published. I would be embarrassed with the poor grammar, misspellings and typos; especially if you want to be considered a professional organization.

    • You’re missing a question mark at the end of your first sentence; your semicolon in your second sentence is misused. Grammar’s a funny thing.

  • I wish I was this good while “still in a rut.”

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