Jim Callis sent out a tweet on Wednesday night that will get Pittsburgh Pirates fans excited about the future. We all know how good Tyler Glasnow is after following him during his dominating season last year with West Virginia. That earned the 20-year-old righty the #3 ranking in the Pirates system. He touched 99 MPH last season and would work in the mid-90’s, consistently hitting 96-97 MPH.
This season, Glasnow hurt his back during Spring Training, which set him back a few weeks. Since then, he has been slowly building his way back up to full strength. According to Jim Callis, Glasnow hit 100 MPH seven times on Monday during his Extended Spring Training start. He has one more scheduled rehab start left before he joins the Bradenton Marauders roster. That means if all goes well, then expect him back around next Friday.
. . . First one back might be @Pirates RHP Tyler Glasnow. Hit 100 mph 7x on Monday. One more start in extended, then off to high Class A.
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) April 17, 2014
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When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.