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Friday, December 9, 2022

When Will Tyler Glasnow Be Promoted to Altoona?

Tyler Glasnow had another impressive start for Bradenton last night. After every impressive Glasnow start, I get asked when he will be promoted. I’ve given my thoughts on this subject several times, with the answer being that I don’t think Glasnow will be promoted at this point.

About a month ago it might have made sense to get him up to Altoona for a few starts at the end of the year. Now? Bradenton has been playing well, has a good shot of making the playoffs, and that would give Glasnow the opportunity to play in meaningful games, all while possibly getting some extra work this year in the post-season.

Glasnow is not going to be in the majors next year. No matter when he would have been called up to Altoona this year — whether that’s yesterday, today, a few weeks ago, a week from now — he’s going to spend the majority of next season in Double-A. The Pirates usually keep their pitching prospects at the Double-A level for about a full season, or about 150 innings. Gerrit Cole has been the only exception to this trend. The trend continued today when Adrian Sampson was promoted to Indianapolis, after 148 innings in Altoona this year.

The path for Glasnow will include Altoona next year, with a shot to make it up to Indianapolis by the end of the season, just like Sampson is doing this year. That would put him in line for half a season in Triple-A in 2016, followed by a call to the majors after Super Two passes after he irons out the flaws in his game. That’s going to be the path no matter when they promote him to Altoona.

It could still be possible that the Pirates decide to send him up to Altoona this year, but I’d be surprised if that happened at this point. If they were going to send him up, it would have happened by now. And based on how there’s nothing to play for in Altoona, relevant games in Bradenton, and no real added benefit to sending him up to Altoona for a few starts, I don’t think keeping him in Bradenton is a bad thing. Then again, I’ve always wondered what it would be like to see a video game pitcher in real life, putting up numbers that you’d never actually see in real life. The only thing that might hurt Glasnow at this point is if other FSL teams force him to up the difficulty level to “Expert.”


Speaking of getting a late-season look, every year we add new features to the site in the final month of the season, or change current features, giving them a trial run in preparation for next year. Every day of the year we publish the daily minor league schedule, along with Prospect Highlights on most days. Then there are smaller features which don’t even get an article at all, or get saved for Twitter.

We decided to combine all of these into one article each morning, while trimming the fat and giving you the important information. The goal is to have a daily article that highlights a player or topic in the system, gives a snapshot of how the Pirates did and the current playoff races, previews the upcoming schedule, features video, recaps transactions, and more. The article is meant to be a quick read every morning, and hopefully will have something for everyone.

When I started doing a nightly column, I had no clue what to name it. So I opened up the floor, and through your suggestions we ended up with First Pitch. It’s not the most original name, since about 9,472 articles or features in baseball have that name. But it fits perfectly for an article that is starting off the day at midnight (or 1-2 AM, depending on how easy it is to come up with an article topic each night).

So I’m opening the floor for discussion. Leave your suggestions in the comments below with a name for this daily feature. The current name to beat: “Morning El Coffee”, which was suggested by John Dreker (who will be doing a lot of these articles, along with adding a “This Date in Pirates History” section). Also, if you have any recommendations for features to add to the daily articles, leave that in the comments as well.

Pirates Game Graph

Source: FanGraphs

Playoff Push

Pittsburgh: The Pirates moved to 1.5 games up over St. Louis in the first Wild Card spot. They are currently 1.5 games back from the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central

Indianapolis: The Indians are 4 games back in the International League West, and 7 games back in the Wild Card.

Bradenton: The Marauders are in first place in the Florida State League South, leading by 1 game. They need to win the second half division to make the playoffs.

Today’s Schedule

Minor League Starter of the Day: There are some interesting starters going in the lower levels of the system today. Jason Creasy just doesn’t allow walks. Cody Dickson has had a strong second half, as I pointed out yesterday. Frank Duncan and Montana DuRapau are 2014 draft picks who have put up surprising numbers. Trey Supak shows a lot of promise after signing for $1 M out of high school this year. But the biggest start of the day could come at Indianapolis, with Adrian Sampson expected to make his Triple-A debut. Ryan Palencer reported yesterday that Sampson was getting the call to Indianapolis. This would be normal rest for the right-hander. Sampson has been the breakout pitcher of the year, and seeing what he can do over a few starts in Indianapolis will be a nice finish to his season. As of this writing, Sampson hasn’t officially been added to the roster yet, and the Indianapolis starter is listed as TBD.

MLB: Pittsburgh (64-55) @ Detroit (63-54) 7:08 PM
Probable starter: Vance Worley (2.30 ERA, 39:10 K/BB, 62.2 IP)

AAA: Indianapolis (62-62) @ Toledo (60-64) 7:00 PM
Probable starter: TBD

AA: Altoona (53-70) vs Trenton (59-64) 7:00 PM
Probable starterJhonathan Ramos (4.26 ERA, 27:15 K/BB, 50.2 IP)

High-A: Bradenton (67-53, 32-19 2nd half) @ Jupiter (43-75) 6:35 PM
Probable starterJason Creasy (3.83 ERA, 78:15 K/BB, 124.2 IP)

Low-A: West Virginia (44-75, 24-27 2nd half) vs Augusta (57-62) 5:05 PM DH
Probable starterFelipe Gonzalez (2.65 ERA, 79:23 K/BB, 85 IP) and Cody Dickson (4.20 ERA, 87:50 K/BB, 111.1 IP)

Short-Season A: Jamestown (25-31) vs Auburn (26-30) 6:05 PM DH
Probable StarterFrank Duncan (3.45 ERA, 29:9 K/BB, 44.1 IP) and Montana DuRapau (2.85 ERA, 33:6 K/BB, 41 IP)

RK: Bristol (15-35) @ Kingsport (26-26) 7:00 PM
Probable StarterOmar Basulto (2.65 ERA, 33:10 K/BB, 37.1 IP)

GCL: Pirates (17-29) vs Phillies (27-19) 12:00 PM
Probable StarterTrey Supak (6.00 ERA, 12:10 K/BB, 15 IP)

DSL: Pirates (31-31) vs  Angels (27-35) 10:30 AM


2014 2nd round pick Mitch Keller struck out six batters in four innings yesterday in the GCL. We wrote about his outing yesterday. Check out one of the strikeouts below, with more video in yesterday’s article.

Here’s a great no-look catch by Edinson Volquez in last night’s Pirates’ win.

Recent Transactions

8/12: Brandon Cumpton recalled from Indianapolis. Casey Sadler optioned to Indianapolis.

8/12: Adrian Sampson promoted to Indianapolis.

8/11: Casey Sadler recalled from Indianapolis. Andrew McCutchen placed on the DL.

8/10: Pirates claim Tommy Field off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels and option him to Triple-A.

8/10: Cody Rhodes assigned to Bristol.

8/10: Justin Topa activated from disabled list. Francisco Diaz placed on DL.

8/9: A.J. Morris assigned to Bradenton.

8/8: Pedro Alvarez activated from the bereavement list. Ernesto Frieri designated for assignment.

8/7: Pirates release Robby Rowland. Jeff Roy activated from disabled list.

8/7: Jay Jackson traded to the Brewers. Jake Brigham activated from disabled list.

8/7: Dean Anna outrighted to Indianapolis.

This Date in Pirates History

There are eight former Pittsburgh Pirates players that have been born on this date, among them are two of the better nicknames in baseball history. Current fans might remember long-time catcher Tom Prince, who spent eight seasons with the Pirates. He is currently the coach of the Pirates High-A team in Bradenton. Wilmer “Vinegar Bend” Mizell and Mudcat Grant have two great baseball nicknames and both were pretty good pitchers during their time. Both also have something in common with their Pirates career, they played for a World Series winner. Mizell pitched for the 1960 team, while Grant was part of the 1971 club. You can read more about these three players and five other former Pirates players here.

August 13,1926 is a day that changed the face of the Pirates franchise, with a series of moves known as the “ABC Affair”. The Pirates cut ties with three veterans, Babe Adams, who won 194 games with the team, Carson Bigbee, who spent 11 years in the outfield and Hall of Fame center fielder Max Carey. A summary of the circumstances surrounding these transactions can be found here, along with two trades of note and a game recap from the 1978 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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Had anyone said Morning Glory?


How about Bagels n Bucs?

Kenny Moore

Tim, was it true that Glasnow touched 100 again last night in his start?

John Dreker

I think it’s possible he could be top ten for some people going into next year, but some will look at his control issues and questionable change-up and think that he might not be elite yet, just getting fat off lower level hitters that can’t catch up to the fastball and don’t have the plate patience to lay off it. His control has been better recently and I’ve heard at least one(reliable) favorable report on his change, so that could have people placing him higher in updated rankings

Kenny Moore

That’s good to hear about his change. I feel him developing a good change is more important than him hitting triple digits with his fastball. As you can tell I love this kid. We could have a superstar in the making with Glasnow.


How about BREAKing FASTball ?


Got to admit I like “Morning El Coffee” …But if Polanco flames out you will be forced to doing articles on Joe DiMaggio with a Dominican dialect.

John Dreker

His brother Vince was a pretty good outfielder for the Pirates!


Sorry. One more
Capturing the Jolly Roger


Morning Wood with Jolly Roger


How about:
On Board the Jolly Roger
Jolly Roger Daily Report
On Deck The Jolly Roger
Daily Plunder
The Jolly Roger Daily
Pirate Plunder
Sharing the Plunder


Cannon Fodder … Plunder the Lox … Daily Summary … Cleanup …. Diamonds in the Rough … From A to MLB … Frigate About It … Doubloons or Nothin’ … Ground Rule Doubloons …

Lee Young

‘Frigate about it’ was funny….I used to work for the Navy and in all those years, you’d have thought I’d have heard that.


Maybe something with bringing back the Marshmallow Mateys!


I tend to like the Pirates themes. 1 vote here for the Treasure Chest. Seems to nail the concept of random bits of goodness. Or how bout The Daily Broadside.

Lee Young

Well, I’m a tea drinker and I am offended by Dreker’s suggestion. His suggestion is discriminatory.

Howabout ‘Morning Flush’ since that is what I now do every day? Or is that being discriminatory against young folks?

‘Bases Full’ would be my one serious suggestion.

John Dreker

My first suggestion was “What Would Lee Young Read?” but Tim rejected it without hearing my WWLYR bracelet idea

Lee Young

D**n that Tim Williams!!!!!!!

Pirate in Montana

Wake up, Pirata!


Name Ideas:
“Daily Plunder”
“Treasure Chest”
“Nautical Report”


I would like to see the mound opponents also listed on the daily schedule.


Glasnow is a tough call, a promotion is always good for a players ego and management gets a look at him with tougher competition.
If it were me and I was going to put a summary report out every day, it would be simply labeled “THE MORNING REPORT”, something Pirates fans would look forward to reading every day. Kind of like telling my wife, sorry I can’t get the garbage cans right now, I have to read “THE MORNING REPORT”.

Paul Dixon

How about “Wild Pitch” since it will be a sort of random mash-up of tidbits, seems kinda wild.


It’s not traditional or likely, but could the Pirates move Glasnow up to Altoona for 2-3 starts, then return him to Bradenton for the playoffs? That would be the best of both worlds — though I wonder if other High-A playoff teams would frown upon it.

John Dreker

Anyone in the organization can be on the playoff rosters, I’ve seen Major League players in Low-A playoff games before. At this point of the season, Bradenton is in a tight playoff race and since he has invested an entire season with the team, these games mean a lot to the players. As pointed out above, a couple AA games this year does nothing for his progress towards the Majors. His ETA stays exactly the same as he’s pitching in pressure situations instead of playing with a last place team. Doesn’t mean the Pirates are thinking the same thing, but once he stayed down and August started, my thoughts changes and I’d rather see him pitch in a pennant race and possible playoffs. Most fans don’t care about W/L records in the minors, but the players definitely do so these last couple weeks will be a great experience for the players on the team


Since you’re including many facets of many levels of the organization, how about “Covering the Bases” or “Running the Bases”? Or a little more old school, “Round Tripper”?


To be honest, I don’t think it’ll matter if they promote Glasnow at this point. It won’t give him a chance to speed up his MLB ETA clock, so keep him down and ship him to Altoona next year

Tom Flowers

I was at the Bradenton Marauders game last night in Jupiter. Glasnow did hit 100 MPH on a called third strike in the second inning and was throwing in the mid to upper 90’s until late in the 5th inning where he dropped to 91-94. The Hammerheads were incapable of catching up to him, however, as good as his numbers were, I understand where some concerns from team management come into play. His control is a little suspect – the only run the Hammerheads scored was off of a wild pitch and pitches missed badly. His speed is his greatest asset and can be improved more if he can nail his breaking pitch – missed quite a bit with the curve last night, but not by much at all. It was fun to watch – glad I got to see it in person – but there is still some polishing that needs to take place…

Kenny Moore

How was his changeup last night? Is he throwing it for strikes? I read a while back that NH mentioned he would like to see Glasnow develop that third pitch and be able to throw it in ny count.


“On the John” (since John does the section)

Ryan Quinn

Around the Horn?

Matt Mornak

Good artice. I’d rather see Glasnow playing in meaningful games also.
He’s looking like a future ace.. The future rotation looks great- Cole, Taillon, Glasnow, and Kingham!


I know you said ‘future rotation’… but your 1 is on the DL, your 2 is coming off TJ, the 3 is in A ball, and the 4 is getting hit around in AAA and has yet to even face a big league hitter…

Matt Mornak

Key word – future rotation. I’m clearly talking about 3 year from now. And yes- I may be a bit optimistic, but the future looks good.

1) Gerrit
Cole- all pitchers in the league will face injuries. He has the ability to become a future ace-the kid throws upper 90’s and he showed promise last season. He will be fine.

2) Taillon-
Ya he had Tommy John surgery- but that’s not difficult to come back from. A lot of pitchers have had the surgery and pitched well. The kid also throws upper 90’s.

3) Glasnow..Look
at his stats. That’s rare in any league (whether it’s high A or AA or AAA). He also throws upper 90’s.

4) Kingham?
How is he being hit? Last I checked his ERA is 3.2 With a great WHIP.. I think 52 hits in 70 innings. He has a lot of promise.

I would take the Pirates future over any future in baseball
right now.

Ron Loreski

Oh no, God for bid everything’s not perfect right now!


Out of the ones I suggested, “A Dash of Pepper” and “Morning Booty” are my favorites. If I had to pick one, dash of Pepper.


A few names off the top of my head:
Full Count
Top of the First
A Dash of Pepper
Morning Boxscore
Loaded Omelet
Bases Loaded (feel like I want to work in omelet with that too, but it just sounds cheesy)
Here’s What Need to Know

Geof Hileman

How about “Treasure Chest”


I already suggested that 4 hours before you.


Or “Why The Buc Am I Up This Early?”


I think you have a winner there 🙂

Might I suggest “Pillaged Bagels, Plundered Lox, and Other Loot”


Ooo… Not bad. What about Daily Spoils, or Morning Booty?

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