Tyler Glasnow could develop into the Pittsburgh Pirates‘ best prospect very soon if he continues down the path he started on in 2013. The tall 6-foot-7 right-handed pitcher had a tremendous breakout season with the West Virginia Power, the Pirates’ Low-A team. Glasnow pretty much dominated anyone that stepped into the batters’ box against him.
Drafted in the fifth round in the 2011 MLB draft, most didn’t see Glasnow eventually developing into one of the most promising prospects in the game. Glasnow began the 2013 season ranked by Baseball America as the Bucs’ 19th-best prospect; now, he is in their top 10. His arsenal consists of a fastball with a ton of life that sits 90-95 mph, a mid-70s curveball, and the Pirates are trying to get him to develop a nasty changeup as well.
His changeup currently sits in the mid-80s, and according to Nathaniel Stoltz of FanGraphs, it is often “flat and hard”. Stoltz notes that if he can’t develop a consistent changeup, it’s going to be very difficult for Glasnow to be a good starting pitcher at the MLB level.
In 2013, Glasnow put up gaudy numbers. The 20 year old went 9-3 with a 2.18 ERA in 24 starts. In 111.1 innings, Glasnow was virtually unstoppable. He put up a crazy 13.3 K/9 and allowed just 4.4 H/9. If you are looking for a negative with Glasnow, the only bad stat I can find is his 4.9 BB/9; but at such a young age, he has plenty of time to develop better command.
Glasnow has an extremely high ceiling — All-Star caliber maybe. If he does eventually develop a solid changeup, he will be able to succeed and dominate at the MLB level. His frame, combined with his amazing stuff, has scouts drooling. Hopefully he will be able to rise through the Pirates’ farm system fairly quickly so fans can see him pitching in PNC Park in a few years.