On Sunday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates activated pitcher Tyler Glasnow from the 15-day disabled list. The Pirates then optioned Glasnow to Triple-A.
Tyler Glasnow’s Minor League rehab stint has come to an end. However, his stay in the Minor Leagues has not. The Pirates have activated Glasnow from the 15-day disabled list and also optioned him to Triple-A.
This season Glasnow made two starts for the Pittsburgh Pirates before going on the disabled list on July 24th. On July 24th Glasnow was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right-shoulder discomfort. Since then, Tyler Glasnow has made a pair of rehab starts for Double-A Altoona.
Minus Gerrit Cole being injured, the Pirate rotation is cruising along right now. This allowed the Pirates to option Glasnow to Triple-A. Barring another starting pitcher injury, I would expect Glasnow to remain with Triple-A Indianapolis through the end of their season.
At Triple-A this season Tyler Glasnow has been absolutely dominant. In 105 innings pitched he is averaging 10.71 K/9, 4.97 BB/9, 0.34 HR/9, he has a WHIP of 1.14, and he has held opposing hitters to a .179 batting average against. Due to these results Glasnow owns a 1.89 ERA and a 2.92 FIP at Triple-A.
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In his two Major League starts Glasnow showed flashes of what made him one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball. However, he also showed that more time at Triple-A would benefit him. Therefor, I have no problem with Glasnow getting more time at Triple-A the next few weeks.
In his two Major League starts Tyler Glasnow pitched 8 1/3 innings. In these 8 1/3 innings pitched Glasnow had a .219 opponent batting average against, a 1.44 WHIP, five walks, seven strikeouts, and he hit a pair of batters. As a result, Glasnow had a 5.40 ERA and a 5.55 FIP in his extremely small sample size.
As I said above, Glasnow showed some great flashes in his two starts for the Pirates. He was averaging almost a strikeout per inning pitched, and, after issuing a lead off walk, he retired the next nine batters faced in his Major League debut. However, it was obvious that Glasnow still needs to work on his control. And the best place to do this is at Triple-A Indianapolis.
It is possible that we see Tyler Glasnow back in Pittsburgh at some point after rosters expand later this week. However, it would not surprise me to see Glasnow remain at Triple-A the rest of the season. Either way, I expect Glasnow to be part of the Pirates’ Opening Day rotation in 2017.