Prospect Watch: Tyler Glasnow Strikes Out 11 in Seven Shutout Innings

P2 Top 30

A look at how the current top 30 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. If a player is out for the season, he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot. Removing these guys doesn’t mean they have lost prospect status. It is just an attempt to get 30 active prospects on the list. Rankings are from the 2016 prospect guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

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8. Elias Diaz, C, Pirates – Disabled List.

9. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

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13. Steven Brault, LHP, Indianapolis -[insert_php] display_top30(643230,’P’,’20160507′);
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 14. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, Bradenton – Extended Spring Training

15.Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – Disabled List

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21. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Altoona – [insert_php] display_top30(663399,’P’,’20160507′);
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24. Trevor Williams, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

25. Gage Hinsz, RHP,  – Extended Spring Training

26. Adrian Valerio, SS, – Extended Spring Training

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P2 Top Performers

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Prospect-Watch-Indy

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Quick analysis on Tyler Glasnow’s start – Glasnow dominated in this outing due to terrific fastball command. He was 92-96 (sitting 93-95) with the pitch, showing terrific downhill action and throwing it for strikes. There were a lot of swing and misses from Louisville hitters, but Glasnow was also hitting the corners for called strikes. He was also getting batters to chase whenever Jacob Stallings called for high strikes. Basically, this was as good as his fastball has looked. Of the four hits he allowed, two were well-placed grounders, the other two were line drives over the infield, all singles. He only walked one and it was after a 3-2 foul ball.

The curve has been better in the past. It didn’t have the big break you usually see, but he did get some good results and it was near the zone all the time. He controlled it well, just wasn’t the plus offering you usually see. He threw at least ten change-ups, and while there was no damage against them, he still had the same velocity issues with it, throwing it 88-91. He showed good control of the pitch and one of them had real nice late movement for a swing and a miss. His fastball (and control of all three pitches) was so good this game that he dominated for seven innings without his best curve. A terrific overall outing. – John Dreker

INDIANAPOLIS – In a match-up between two of the better starters in Minor League Baseball in Tyler Glasnow and Cody Reed, the hype was high. The game did nothing to disappoint as the duo dueled throwing up zeros, until Indianapolis picked up the 2-1 victory.

Glasnow started the game with a change-up and then blew two fastballs by the lead off hitter for a dominant strikeout. The velocity raised to 95 MPH on the second hitter, as he earned a pop out. Glasnow ended the nine-pitch first on an 89 MPH change up that induced another pop out to the right side.

Glasnow ran into a bit more trouble in the second. After throwing two change-ups for balls to the second hitter of the inning, Glasnow through three straight fastballs, the last at 96, for the strikeout. He also did not go back to the change in the inning after those early pair. He instead went to the curve, getting two ground balls. One was a ground out and another an infield hit. He snapped a nasty curve off to end the inning with his third strikeout of the game.

Indianapolis had similar struggled offensively against Reed, one of the Reds top pitching prospect. They struck out four times and went hitless through two innings, looking overwhelmed.

The third was Glasnow’s most dominant outing, as he struck out the side. All three were on fastballs, but he did use two change-ups to get ahead of the third hitter, who eventually went full. Glasnow got nice downward movement on one of those. He was effectively wild through the first two, but started hitting more spots in the third.

Indianapolis got its first hit in the third with one out, as Gift Ngoepe doubled to right. Glasnow and Alen Hanson grounded out and they were not able to plate a run.

Glasnow retired the side in just five pitches in the fourth. Three of the five were off-speed pitches. The first hitter bunted a change-up that Jason Rogers made a nice play coming in. After allowing a hit on a curve, Glasnow induced a ground ball double play on a fastball.

Sticking with the fastball and curve mix, Glasnow mowed through the fifth as well with two more strikeouts. He allowed a single on a grooved 93 MPH fastball, but earned a strikeout and a groundout on the curve. The pitch looked much more sharp on Saturday.

Josh Bell and Willy Garcia each picked up a single in the fourth and fifth, respectively. But the innings did not advance past that.

In the sixth, Glasnow had his most impressive inning mixing speeds. It was to the point where it was tough to tell the difference between a fastball and change. However, he still continued to mix in the effective curve. He added two more strikeouts to get to 10 through six innings.

Though it looked like Glasnow was running out of gas some in the seventh, he reached back to paint the corner with a 95 MPH fastball for his 11th strikeout on his final pitch. He continued to throw the off-speed pitches as well, tossing two changes and two curves each in the first five pitches.

It was the first time this season Glasnow worked into the seventh. He was dominating most of the way and his stuff is getting to the refined enough point that Pittsburgh could be calling soon.

Fatigue finally caught up to Reed in the eighth as well. Max Moroff led off with a singled and was bunted to second by Jacob Stallings. After Ngoepe struck out, Cole Figueroa drove in Moroff on a solid single into center.

Jorge Rondon worked a perfect eighth inning and was in line for the win, but trouble struck. Rondon allowed two walks and a hit. A run scored on a wild pitch.

Just went it looked like Indianapolis was going to play extras again, Josh Bell singled and was driven in on a walk-off double by Danny Ortiz. – Ryan Palencer

Prospect-Watch-Altoona-Curve

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Altoona won game one of a doubleheader on Saturday by a 3-1 score, as Tyler Eppler put up some strong results in his sixth start of the season.

Eppler needed just eight pitches to finish the first inning, but all four strikes he threw were put in play. He did a good job of keeping the ball down in the zone, though Richmond had no trouble putting the ball in the air with two line drives and a fly out to center field. Eppler threw all fastballs and he gave up a double in the gap, which basically just died in the outfield between fielders, allowing the runner to get to second.

Eppler retired the side in order in the second inning, throwing a total of 14 pitches. He mixed in his slider/slurve this inning, getting a swinging strikeout on the pitch. He also got an infield pop out and a routine grounder to shortstop.

In the third, Steven Lerud led off the inning with a home run. Some fans might remember him as a former Pirates prospect years ago and he’s one of those rare Double-A players with MLB experience. The next batter was the pitcher, who grounded weakly back to Eppler. That was followed by a fly out to center field and a soft liner for a single to center. Eppler walked the next batter on a 3-2 count, just missing on a couple of pitches. He then got a nice sliding catch from Harold Ramirez on a blooper to right field. This was a 24-pitch inning, 15 for strikes. Eppler was hitting 88-91 on the stadium gun, which I’ve been told is 2-3 MPH slow. He’s usually 92-94, so that sounds right.

Eppler breezed through the fourth inning on eight pitches. The first batter flew out to deep right field. After that, he got a swinging bunt and a short fly to right field for the final out. Through four innings, he had 54 pitches, 34 for strikes.

In the fifth, he struck out Lerud, going three pitches down in the zone, before getting him to chase the high fastball. The pitcher grounded out to shortstop two pitches later. Three pitches later, the inning ended on a nice diving play by second baseman Erich Weiss, who got a little help from Jose Osuna, who made a nice stretch/scoop for the out. This was another single digit pitch count inning, as he threw seven of his nine pitches for strikes. Eppler threw a nice change-up that it looked like the umpire missed, so he was really pounding the strike zone this inning.

Eppler jammed the first hitter of the sixth, getting him to hit a soft liner to second base. The next batter lined a single into center field. That was followed by a shallow fly to left field for the second out. The third out was a fly out to right-center.

Eppler came out for the seventh and final inning and got the first two outs on two pitches, both fly outs to left field, with Barrett Barnes making a nice diving catch on one. Two pitches later, the game was over on a grounder to shortstop by Lerud.

This was a quick game, with Eppler needing just 78 pitches for the complete game. He did a great job of keeping the ball down, though it resulted in a high number of line drives and fly balls. His defense was busy and there were three real nice plays that really helped him get through the outing with a strong pitching line. He also didn’t get many swing and misses. He was around the strike zone the entire game and finished with one run on four hits and a walk, striking out two batters. You’d like to see more grounders and strikeouts (or swinging strikes in general), but it’s hard to argue that he wasn’t effective in this game.

The offense was provided by some timely hits, as the Curve had just four hits (one double) and four walks, yet the pulled out a 3-1 victory. Harold Ramirez, Erich Weiss and Chris Diaz scored the runs, while Weiss and Jose Osuna each had an RBI. Weiss hit the only double and he also drew a walk. Ramirez reached on a walk and a hit-by-pitch. Barrett Barnes had a single and stole his third base of the season.

Reese McGuire went 0-for-3, though he did square up one ball that was caught on a line drive to right-center. He is in a 1-for-23 slump that includes five walks and just two strikeouts. Austin Meadows went 0-for-1 with a walk and a sacrifice bunt. He was busy in the outfield this game, with six balls hit to him, most of them line drives.

The game was completed in 94 minutes.

Game Two Altoona swept the doubleheader with a 2-1 win in game two, doing it despite collecting just two hits. Both hits brought in runs, with Anderson Feliz driving home Stetson Allie with the first run and Jonathan Schwind hitting a solo homer in the fifth inning for the lead and eventual winning run.

Cody Dickson started this game and probably had his best overall command despite issuing three walks. He gave up one run on four hits and struck out six batters, throwing 52 of his 78 pitches for strikes. This was the third time already this season that he has faced Richmond. They have accounted for his two best performances and 13 of his 16 strikeouts.

Austin Meadows went 0-for-2 with a walk. He is 7-for-41 in 11 games, for a .171 average.

Prospect-Watch-Bradenton

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BRADENTON – The Marauders have seen a better offense in recent weeks, after most of their hitters started slow the first few weeks of the season. Tonight, the offense exploded, thanks to four home runs in the first three innings.

A few of those homers were a bit wind-aided, with the wind blowing out to right field early in the game. Chase Simpson and Jerrick Suiter both homered to right-center field in the first inning, and Logan Hill homered to the same area in the second. Jordan Luplow homered in the third with the wind not blowing as hard. He ended up bouncing his fly ball off the top of the wall and into the Marauders’ bullpen, putting the team up 6-1 at the time.

The Marauders got some strong pitching from Austin Coley, who gave up one run on four hits over six innings, while pounding the strike zone and working efficiently. He threw 80 pitches, with 50 going for strikes. Henry Hirsch and Luis Heredia came on to close things down, with Hirsch pitching two shutout innings, and Heredia pitching the ninth.

Bradenton managed a few more runs in the sixth inning, extending their lead to 9-1, which was the eventual outcome. Kevin Newman and Kevin Kramer both had two hits on the night, which was fitting, since the Marauders were running a “Seinfeld Night” promotion, with staff dressed up as Seinfeld characters, a Seinfeld character race, yadda, yadda, yadda, and the theme music playing at times between innings. – Tim Williams

Prospect-Watch-WV-Power

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CHARLESTON, WV – After a trip down to Charleston, South Carolina, the Power returned to West Virginia tonight with many of the same problems they have faced all season. Bret Helton struggled with control, walking five, and the offense let several opportunities slip by, stranding ten runners. On defense, the team committed two errors and several mental lapses, including some sloppy footwork by Ty Moore in left field that let the go-ahead run score.

The Power’s big inning, the fourth, came as the result of some skillful small ball. Carlos Munoz singled to lead things off, and Daniel Arribas placed a beautiful sacrifice bunt to move the sluggish first baseman to second. Munoz moved to third on Ryan Nagle’s second single of the night. Ty Moore drove in the run with a sacrifice fly. Nagle later scored on a John Bormann double. The scoring concluded when Bormann came around from second on a wild pitch.

Newcomer Billy Roth saw time on the mound in relief. In his two innings, his fastball touched 93 MPH at least once, and his curve showed late movement. Roth does seem to be prone to allowing line drives, especially when he hangs the curve over the plate, as evidenced by two sharp doubles by the Suns, and a comebacker that nearly took his head off to start the top of the ninth. His changeup looked effective with many Suns batters lunging out over their front foot to take a swing. Unfortunately, Roth took the loss, allowing three runs in his two innings. The Power lost 6-5.

“He flew in this morning, and any time you come in like that, it’s tough.” Esposito said. “We’ve heard a lot about him from the Gulf Coast League, and we’re very excited to have him.”

Esposito commented that Roth would be working out of the bullpen for the time being, and that the team hopes to ease him into his new role. That’s a change for him, as he was a starter in the lower levels up until this point. – Abigail Miskowiec

  • I just want to be on record as wanting to have signed Big Sexy as an FA.

    I love the guy:
    http://m.mlb.com/video/v670133483

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    May 7, 2016 10:31 pm

    I don’t know if this was discussed already on this Board or not, but two recent incidents involving Pirates players were troubling….
    (1) After getting embarrassed by the Cubs in a humiliating 3 game sweep at home, Cutch chooses to vent his anger at the scorekeeper. I know Cutch is better than that, and I was glad to see he apologized afterwards when he realized he was misguided in his frustration.
    (2) Gerrit Cole, after flaming out against the Cubs in the first game of the big series, acts like a drunk college student at a Penguins playoff game. He is supposed to be a professional – not acting like a clown. I thought that really made him look bad, I hope management sat him down and explained a professional doesn’t act the fool in front of 20k people and a national TV audience. Have some self respect.

    • Is there any reason that your mom
      didn’t already take away your internet privileges? You embarrass yourself each time you write.

      • LloydBeFree
        May 8, 2016 1:34 am

        SmallOne, LLOYD says shut the heck up!!!
        Quit with your personal posts. LLOYD also disagrees with some crap on here as does everyone else. But that doesn’t give you the right to talk crap on someone.
        Come On Man!!!!!

        LLOYD

    • Yes I noticed that about Cole. Pressure is getting to him.

    • Have you by chance noticed the GOP nominee for President of the United States?

      Gerrit Cole is a choir boy.

    • (1 ) It’s actually nice to see Cutch show some emotion. If he’s frustrated which he is, it allows me and everyone else to step back w our frustrations of him and give him his own time.
      (2) It actually awesome to see Cole out there being a nutball fan and showing some form of life for once. He’s actually not boring. Now I would like to have a beer w Jaso and Cole. Get off his ass.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    May 7, 2016 10:24 pm

    Dominant again….no, Glasnow and Taillon aren’t ready – neither can possibly be better than Niese or Locke. How many more games will the team sacrifice this year, before calling them up? I guess one more year of control is worth sacrificing a season. The Super Two doesn’t benefit the team or the player…it just creates conditions where FO management will not field their best possible team until two months are gone in the season.

    • Five more weeks. Hang in there.

      • BuccosFanStuckinMD
        May 7, 2016 10:32 pm

        I hear you – but how many games out will we be behind the Cubs by then? If we finish 2-3 games out of first or out of a playoff spot, it will be on the FO.

        • Chris Thomas
          May 7, 2016 10:36 pm

          Sadly I don’t anticipate the bucs being that close to the cubs, regardless of them calling them up now or after super 2

          • BuccosFanStuckinMD
            May 7, 2016 10:40 pm

            Well, I am not ready to concede anything – not in May. The Cubs are good, but no team can play like they are all season. Arietta is pitching like he’s not even human – last 30 starts, a 0.90 ERA or something like that?
            Anyway, it didn’t need to be this way, if this team wasn’t more concerned about future player control than fielding their best possible team and winning now. You can try to spin it anyway you want, but that is what it comes down to.

            • The front office certainly made some lateral moves this off season (Niese and Morton trades most notably) but keeping Melancon, and signing Jaso, Freese and Feliz shows dedication to win now. Pushing all your chips in the middle gives you a fifty percent chance of going broke. Glasnow and Taillon will help this season but clearly next year will be their time to shine.

            • I think they are doing the right thing. Those guys aren’t likely to come in and dominate right out of the gate. Hate to see those extra years wasted because I think we play for the Wild Card either way this year. Cubs are going to win 100+ and Arrieta might just be this good. I watch for him to pitch bad every start, it just doesn’t happen. In the regular season anyway.

          • Definitely. And that’s not an indictment on the Bucs. The Cubs could very seriously win 110 games.

        • I love my Pirates. I do. But if they finish that close to the Cubbies they’ll have 105 wins.

        • Didn’t you know? The Cubs locked up the division before spring training started. Just ask all the baseball pundits.

      • John Dreker
        May 7, 2016 10:48 pm

        The funny thing at this point is that people don’t realize how much each start could end up costing the team down the line. The Super 2 deadline could and has ended up as early as May 20th, so without knowing that date for this year until after the 2019 season is over, it’s entirely possible it could happen again. Could you imagine if they called up Glasnow and Taillon now and they reach their peak, what the Pirates would be paying per extra start? It would be north of $6M each start just to get them up sooner, with no guarantee they even perform well in those starts.

        Glasnow had terrific command tonight, but five days ago, he walked five AAA batters. He is still at the point where you could get anything from his first few starts and it shouldn’t shock you if he runs up his pitch count in the first inning or throws six shutout innings or anything in between. Taillon still hasn’t had any inning control, so calling him up early would do absolutely nothing because you would either have to shut him down in September or skip starts, so that would be a huge waste of money. You wouldn’t even be getting extra starts from him, you’d be getting them on different dates.

        The time to call players up and thumb your nose at super 2 is ten days into the season and no one thought Taillon or Glasnow was ready then.

        If they thought Kuhl or Brault were ready, they will be up already. Super 2 isn’t for everyone, only potential elite players

        • BuccosFanStuckinMD
          May 7, 2016 10:54 pm

          I’m sorry John, on Glasnow and Taillon’s worse nights, they are infinitely better than Niese and Locke. Its not even close. Again, the system is flawed – when teams field less than their best because of a year of player control. That is a nonsense system.
          BTW, if the Pirates extend them in the next 2 years, doesn’t it make the whole year of control a moot point?

          • Why do you keep harping on ‘a year of player control’?

            Super Two doesn’t have anything to do with an extra year of control. The Pirates already got the ‘year of player control’ a couple of weeks ago.

            • John Dreker
              May 7, 2016 11:35 pm

              I assumed he meant years of salary control, though his wording makes it very confusing…unless I’m wrong

              • Could be…but it seems a lot of people make that argument.

                And, yes, if these guys get anywhere near their ceilings, an extra year of arbitration for each of them would be huge hit to the Pirates future budgets. Especially with ’19 being Cole’s last season of arbitration eligibility, Polanco/Marte seeing big jumps in salary, and Harrison (potentially) making $10.5M.

            • Kind of the same thing for the Pirates. If they are gonna get paid huge money in the final year they will probably be traded the year before

              • Exactly why these Super2 arguments are so silly. People are advocating these guys be held back for cheaper salaries in a season where they almost certainly won’t be playing for the Pirates anyways.

          • John Dreker
            May 7, 2016 11:42 pm

            You’re right, the system is flawed, but that’s what the players agreed to, so future players have to live by it. I don’t agree that Glasnow would definitely give you better results over the next five weeks because I’ve seen the command issues, how he tends to get flustered when he hits trouble and his change-up is still very much a work in progress. Yes he could easily be better, but in no way is that a definite.

            As for Taillon, it doesn’t matter if he would be better, he still needs his innings limited this year, so at some point if you called him up right now, he would need to be shutdown or skipped multiple times so someone worse would still be going out there. What you want to see from him right now is less innings, then build him up to 100 pitches so he isn’t going into his first start with no chance to go deep into a game. If you’re going to limit his innings, which they plan to do, it’s obviously better to do it in the minors. Doing it in the majors means more work for your bullpen and a lesser starter taking his place at some point(s)

    • You know, people bitch about Niese and Locke, but…hey…Locke had one disastrous start. In the other four, he’s sporting a 2.28 ERA. And Niese? Yeah, the numbers suck…really bad…but the Pirates are 5-1 in his starts.

      In fact, the Pirates have a better winning percentage in games Locke and Niese have started than in games they didn’t….and these are the bottom of the rotation guys.

      Does that exonerate their overall perfomances (especially Niese’s)? No. But it does indicate the problems the Pirates are having can’t be pinned on those two.

      • Yes and don’t forget Cole is a drunken hockey hooligan.

      • Locke has certainly been better than Niese, but only has 2 game scores over 50 in his 6 starts. Two games >60, two about average at 48, then a stinker and a catastrophe. Locke is trending up, while Niese’s last three starts have all been in the 20s (awful). Niese hasn’t even giving the team a chance in last two weeks.

    • freddylang
      May 8, 2016 1:13 am

      It’s not about 1 more year of control if they called anyone up right now…only about money…and if they think a kid needs more development.

      • And the money only matters if they do well for several seasons. Cole for example will not get the arbitration number many thought he would going into this year if he continues to struggle.

        • Arbitration is tied more closely to innings (or at-bats for hitters) than to performance.

  • Given that I doubt Super 2 is a factor with Kuhl, is it worth giving him a shot in the bullpen now? I dont think the Pirates have much to lose by trying given the AAAA garbage they are trotting out many nights while trying to win a dvision. Same goes with Boscan. If he struggles, they can always send him back.

    • John Dreker
      May 7, 2016 10:32 pm

      I don’t think they want to give up on Kuhl as a starter so soon, especially considering the huge jump he has made since the beginning of last season. Boscan probably has a couple good starts in him, but he wouldn’t be anything special. As far as pure pitching, he’s probably better than any of the four prospects, but he also doesn’t have the pure stuff any of them have, so his upside is limited to a depth option.

      • The only people concerned about wasting Kuhl’s ability to start before shifting him to the pen are the guys on this site. If Kuhl ends up being a guy that the Pirates count on as a starter, the Pirates have had a lot of injuries and/or ineffectiveness. He’s not a SP in a MLB rotation.

        • John Dreker
          May 7, 2016 11:32 pm

          There is a good chance Kuhl could end up in the bullpen because there is no spot for him, but the Pirates need everything to go right for that. It won’t be about his ability, and if you think we are high on him, you need to talk to the scouts and Pirates personnel that think more of him than us. Don’t sell him short because other prospect sites aren’t talking about him. He is very highly thought of by a lot of people in the industry.

          • John I suggest you disregard what scouts and pirates personnel have to say. Andrew smalley has spoken!

        • Yeah, high 90s sinkers and sliders could never equate to a successful big league starter. He’s in triple A to develop. He adds a changeup this kid could be a top of the rotation starter

      • In all seriousness John question on Kuhl. Im biased in sense I desperately think we need bullpen help by either moving Nicasio back or bringing up kuhl. But I guess 2 questions on Kuhl.

        1. I watched his last start on milb tv and it looked like his slider was a fairly effective pitch in spots. Do you think his secondary pitches have meaningfully improved from last season?

        2. Just hypothetically speaking. If Kuhl DID come up this week to pitch out of bullpen do you think his stuff would immediately transition to the extent to be trusted to pitch the 6th or 7th inning or maybe 2 innings at a time right now?

  • John, two WP’s? Anything of concern with them?

    • John Dreker
      May 7, 2016 9:04 pm

      No, this was his best command I’ve seen. The one was a pitch Stallings should have blocked, and usually does. I didn’t see the other one, telecast froze up for two pitches and that was one of them

    • SMH?

  • Chris Thomas
    May 7, 2016 8:40 pm

    Wow, this Indianapolis staff is amazing. Wonder who the first in bucs rotation to get sent to the pen? Has to be nicasio I would think

    • Definitely some massive talent there…if there’s a downside, I wonder whether it’s the talent level of the teams they’ve played…no idea if that’s the case, but Boscan is sitting on an ERA lower than Glasnow’s right now: 1.61 to TG’s 1.64. And Wilfredo has a nasty 23:3 K:BB.

      On the plus side, I also wonder if more than the Big Two are going to get the call. Both Kuhl and Brault have thrown 150+ innings before, so I can envision them still having innings left in September when Taillon and Glasnow might be hitting their walls.

      • I’d really like to see one of those four in the bullpen to give us better options for high leverage innings.

        • That’s a double edged sword though. Not even factoring the mental or physical preparation differences between the two roles, you’re sacrificing 4-5 innings of development per each appearance and effectively taking a pitch out of the pitchers arsenal in order to have a better chance of getting big outs

    • BuccosFanStuckinMD
      May 7, 2016 10:33 pm

      Their rotation is better than the Pirates….

      • A 10-yr old would be a more informed poster than you….

        • Tim – you have some work to do IMHO
          This kind of crap is going to cost you subscribers – I don’t agree with a lot of folk who post – but I don’t feel compelled to be personally critical.

          Mr. Smalley seems to think this is twitter and we should troll and trash each other.

          Express and opinion. Pose a question. Ask a question of you or John – those would seem to be appropriate. what appears above is asinine and juvenile – expect that over at DK’s site but not here

    • or niese to dfa land.

  • Glasnow is starting to scare me.

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