TYLER GLASNOW
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
  Born: August 23, 1993
Height: 6’8″
Weight: 220
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Drafted: 5th Round, 152nd  Overall, 2011
How Acquired: Draft
High School: Hart HS, CA
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Glasnow is a projectability pick.  Baseball America did not have him rated among the top 105 prospects in southern California.  He grew rapidly in high school, eight inches after his freshman year.  His velocity also increased rapidly, eventually to the upper 80s to low 90s, reaching as high as 93.  He throws a slider, curve and change, with the curve having good potential.  He’s considered a good athlete, so the Pirates were no doubt hoping he could break out once he grows into his body.  He had a college commitment to the University of Portland, but signed an over-slot deal at the beginning of August.  He didn’t get into any action in 2011.

2012
R:  0-3-0, 2.10 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 34.1 IP, 4.2 BB/9, 10.5 K/9
A-:  0-0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 4.0 IP, 2.2 BB/9, 9.0 K/9

Glasnow started off in the rotation in the GCL and, other than a few control meltdowns, got impressive results.  He struck out well over a batter an inning and opponents hit only .156 against him.  Baseball America picked him as the 9th best prospect in the GCL.  He got one start at State College at the end of the year and was impressive, sitting around 93 and reaching 96 with his fastball.

2013
A:  9-3-0, 2.18 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 111.1 IP, 4.9 BB/9, 13.3 K/9

Glasnow was one of the major breakout stories in the minors, putting up playstation numbers and improving as the season went along.  Early on he had control issues, but he cut his walk rate from 5.7 per nine innings in the first half to 4.2 in the second.  A lot of his second half walks came in his last two starts, when he allowed nine walks but no hits in ten innings, with 17 strikeouts.  On the season opponents batted just .142 against him, which would have led all the minors by a wide margin if he hadn’t fallen an inning short of qualifying (as the Pirates monitored his workload closely).  He struck out 36.3% of the hitters he faced, which not only led the minors easily, but may have been the highest percentage in all of baseball since 2001.  He now features two plus pitches, a fastball that often reaches 96-97 and plays tougher due to his height, and a curve that misses plenty of bats.  He also made progress with his change, although that’s undoubtedly a pitch he’ll need more as he faces more advanced left-handed hitters.  Aside from the walks, he allowed nine HRs, which wasn’t a large total but did lead the West Virginia staff.  After the season, Baseball America named him the league’s second best prospect.

Glasnow will be one of the highest-profile pitchers in the minors in 2014, when he’ll be at Bradenton.  The control issues could still become a bigger problem for him as he faces hitters with better strike zone judgment, so he’ll need to continue to improve in that area.  Because of his athleticism, there’s a good chance of him doing so.  The Pirates also will undoubtedly continue to be careful with his workload.  He’ll miss the start of the season, though, due to back stiffness that he suffered in spring training.  He was pitching again by season’s start, so he wasn’t expected to miss a lot of time.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
HS
W-L-Sv
G
GS
IP
H
HR
BB
K
WHIP
OAVG
ERA
2011
67.0
40 99 1.25
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2014:  Minor league contract.
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus:  $600,000
MiLB Debut: 2012
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2017
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible:  2015
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 7, 2011: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 5th round, 152nd overall pick; signed on August 6.