Robert Glendinning

Born: October 6, 1995
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 190
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 21st Round, 628th Overall, 2017
How Acquired: Draft
College: University of Missouri
Agent: N/A


Glendinning started a string of four straight college shortstops for the Pirates, all drafted as juniors.  Surprisingly, the team signed all of them.  Glendinning didn’t make Baseball America’s top 500 draft prospect list, but he was rated 8th overall in their draft rankings for Missouri, which received a five-star grade for its draft class.  He hit for a 274/386/463 line in 201 at-bats in 2017, with seven homers.  It was his first season in Division I baseball, as he’d previously played for Northern Iowa Community College before transferring to Missouri.  He hails from much further away, as he’s from Scarborough, Australia.  Glendinning saw an increase in power in 2017 after putting on some weight over the offseason.  He’s shown a strong arm on the field, with the ability to hit 90 MPH off the mound.  That arm strength and his athleticism could allow him to stay on the left side of the infield.

A-:  198/342/229, 96 AB, 3 2B, 17 BB, 41 K, 2-5 SB

Glendinning didn’t join Morgantown until mid-July.  He split time after that between short, third and DH, with half his games coming at short.  He didn’t do much at the plate beyond drawing walks and he struck out in over a third of his plate appearances.

Glendinning could be at West Virginia or Morgantown next year.

2018: Minor league contract
Signing Bonus:
MiLB Debut:
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2023
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2020
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
June 14, 2017: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 21st round, 628th overall pick; signed on June 21.