Tyler Glasnow is putting up ridiculous numbers in the pitcher friendly Florida State League for the Bradenton Marauders. Just how ridiculous? Try over the last 24.1 innings, he has held the bad guys scoreless. The latest stud Pittsburgh Pirates pitching prospect is been down right dominant in his recent starts and it begs the question, is it time to challenge him with a promotion?
Glasnow was held out for most of the first month of the season with back issues, but now the right hander is back to the tricks that had him the buzz of the lower minors last season.
Last night, the 6’7″ Glasnow went six innings and gave up just two hits while punching out seven. The change up was in play more often for the Marauders ace who held on for a 1-0 victory.
The first hit was an infield single and the second was a lined shot for a double–which was one of the only well hit balls all night.
It’s hard to ignore the fact that over the last six starts, Glasnow has been as hard to hit as any pitcher in the Florida State League. In those starts, the fire ballin’ fifth round pick back in 2011, has thrown 31.2 innings, striking out 40, walked 15 and given up two runs and just 18 hits.
I would be really tempted to give Tyler Glasnow a promotion. Perhaps challenge him to make three consecutive starts reaching the sixth, or better yet seventh inning which he hasn’t done this season. And then up the ladder he goes.
A move that challenges a young pitcher would be uncharacteristic of the Pirates, but having Glasnow in AA for more than just a handful of starts would have upside. We love the fact that he is just down the road in Altoona for the Pirates pitching gurus to observe first hand. The Eastern League would provide a challenging test for the fastball heavy Glasnow much like it did for Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon. Glasnow needs to improve his changeup and there is nothing like trying to throw it past talented AA hitters in the EL.
The Pirates rotation is going to need serious help in 2015, but that is out of the question for Glasnow. However, 2016 isn’t that far away and having Glasnow challenged rather than firing up zeroes as he blows away Class A hitters for another month, or longer, just seems to makes sense.