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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Prospect Watch: Tyler Glasnow Walks Seven Batters in Two Innings


A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Stolmy Pimentel #13). If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #2, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot. Removing these guys doesn’t mean they have lost prospect status. It is just an attempt to get 20 active prospects on the list. Rankings are from the 2014 Prospect Guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Gregory Polanco, CF, Indianapolis – DNP

2. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 7 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

3. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia – Disabled List (4/22 Update)

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – DNP

5. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona – DNP

6. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – Disabled List (4/27 Update)

7. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – 2-for-4

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power – Disabled List (4/22 Update)

9. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – Disabled List (4/14 Update)

10. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis – DNP

11. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – DNP

12. Blake Taylor, LHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP

13. Cody Dickson, LHP, West Virginia – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

14. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia – Disabled List (4/14 Update)

15. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – 3-for-7, 2B, BB

16. Michael De La Cruz, OF, Extended Spring Training – DNP

17. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, West Virginia – 2-for-6, BB

18. Jin-De Jhang, C, Bradenton – DNP

19. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – In Majors

20. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – DNP



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Top Pitcher: Henry Hirsch, RHP – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Edwin Espinal, 1B – 5-for-7, 3 2B

Home Runs: None



Indianapolis was off today.



Altoona had a double-header postponed due to rain.



Box Score

Result: Fort Myers 6, Bradenton 2

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 7 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adam Frazier, SS – 3-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, RF – 2-for-4

Jose Osuna, 1B – 2-for-4

Max Moroff, 2B – 2-for-3, SB

Pat Ludwig, RHP – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Tyler Glasnow had a lot of control issues tonight in two innings of work, walking seven batters with no strikeouts. In his first start of the season, Glasnow walked three in five innings, with six strikeouts. The reports I got from that game said that he was focusing mostly on his fastball and changeup in the early innings, and didn’t incorporate the curveball until the later innings. Once he started using the curve, he started racking up his strikeouts and dominating the other hitters. Before that, he was having control problems. I’m not sure if that was the case tonight. What I do know is that Glasnow told me he would be emphasizing the changeup this year. Last year he was dominating with his fastball and curveball, which are both plus pitches. His changeup is not a plus pitch, and the only way to develop it is to throw it more often. In the short-term, we might see some ugly outings, like the one tonight. Hopefully the long-term payoff is that he develops a good changeup, and pairs that with his other two pitches to go on and be a dominant pitching prospect.



Game One Box Score

Result: Kannapolis 2, West Virginia 1

Starting Pitcher: Cody Dickson, LHP – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Kawika Emsley-Pai, C – 2-for-3

Other Notable Performers:

JaCoby Jones, SS – 1-for-2, BB, SB

Game Notes: Cody Dickson gave up two runs on five hits in five innings, which was better than his last outing where he gave up four runs in 3.2 innings. Dickson has rotated between good and bad starts every other outing so far this year. On the season he has a 4.81 ERA in 24.1 innings, with an 18:7 K/BB ratio. A big issue for him this year will be his control. He’s got a good fastball that can touch mid-90s, and an excellent breaking ball. He needs to develop a changeup, and get better control over his fastball. Dickson has seven walks in 14.2 innings over his last three starts.

Game Two Box Score

Result: West Virginia 6, Kannapolis 0

Starting Pitcher: Henry Hirsch, RHP – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Edwin Espinal, 1B – 4-for-4, 3 2B

Other Notable Performers:

JaCoby Jones, SS – 2-for-4, 2B

Erich Weiss, 2B – 2-for-4

Danny Collins, RF – 3-for-4, 2B

Jerry Mulderig, RHP – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: West Virginia got some great pitching in game two from two late round draft picks from the 2013 draft. Henry Hirsch was a 22nd round pick, and was notable for hitting 96 MPH with his fastball last year after signing. Jerry Mulderig was a 28th round pick who throws 90-91 MPH, but has a tall, projectable frame and hasn’t had a lot of innings in his career, spending most of his time in college as an outfielder. The two pitchers combined for seven shutout innings, with five hits, one walk, and six strikeouts. Edwin Espinal had a huge game, with four hits and three doubles. He’s a big sleeper prospect who is very raw, but has a lot of power potential. In his last ten games, he has a .389 average and a .934 OPS, with six doubles. That’s not enough of a sample to say that he is starting to put things together, but it is a positive sign, and better than the way he started the season.

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Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.


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Everyone is entitled to a bad game – but 7 walks in two innings – has Glasnow become possessed by the old EV?

John Dreker

Not that it helps, but one of the walks came in the third inning before he was pulled. Glasnow was hitting 96-97 on the gun pretty consistently, even touched 99 MPH once, so the velocity was strong. He was throwing mostly fastballs the first inning, threw 28 pitches and I believe one was a change, one a curve. In the second inning, he threw a few more curves, possibly 3-4 and a couple change-ups. His problem last night was definitely fastball command and he even took something off of it for some get-me-over strikes and still missed. Very tough start, but it’s still early in his season and hopefully he can shake it off. The only hit he allowed was on a misplayed ball, which could have easily been an error. When he is on, he is unhittable.

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