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


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.  Glasnow gets a lot of extension from his long frame, so he releases the ball much closer to the plate than most pitchers.  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.

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.

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.  The curve is especially devastating when he throws it for strikes because it’s very difficult for hitters to prepare for the fastball while still being able to adjust to the curve.  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.

A+:  12-5-0, 1.74 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 124.1 IP, 4.1 BB/9, 11.4 K/9

Glasnow did nothing to hurt his prospect status at Bradenton, as he once again put up dominant numbers.  His season got off to a slow start, as he suffered lower back stiffness in training camp and missed the first three weeks.  He had some control problems early in the year, including one seven-walk outing.  He once again made progress with his control over the course of the season, cutting his BB/9 from 5.2 in his first 13 starts to 2.9 in his last 11, with his overall walk rate dropping by nearly one per nine innings from the previous year.  The control problems aren’t gone, though, as Glasnow showed when a control meltdown forced him out of Bradenton’s playoff opener after just three innings.  Overall, opponents put up a meager 171/268/228 line against him.  Glasnow’s K rate dropped a little, which isn’t surprising, but it remained extremely high.  Some of the drop was the Pirates restricting his use of his curve at times.  He continued to work on his change and also on his move to first, although he’ll probably always be vulnerable to the stolen base.  Opponents stole 24 times in 32 tries against him.

Nothing has changed with Glasnow.  He remains one of the top pitching prospects in the minors, and needs to continue to work on the consistency of his mechanics and on his change.  The Pirates plan to send him to the Arizona Fall League, which will give him a chance to make up for some of the innings he lost at the start of the 2014 season.  He’ll move up to Altoona and hopefully will be able to pitch a full season without need for the team to manage his innings.  The Pirates aren’t hurrying Glasnow, and shouldn’t, but there’s a good chance he’ll reach AAA in 2015.

Baseball Reference–Minors
40 99 1.25
2015:  Minor league contract.
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
June 7, 2011: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 5th round, 152nd overall pick; signed on August 6.