Baseball America released their list of the top ten prospects that took part in the Arizona Fall League this year. Tyler Glasnow was the only Pittsburgh Pirates representative on the list, coming in fifth. Glasnow is the highest ranked pitcher on the list. BA also listed 12 players that fell just short of the list with no mention of Josh Bell, who may have fallen slightly out of favor due to a poor performance in the league.
Glasnow didn’t put up the best stats in the league and showed signs of fatigue near the end of the season, but his fastball/curve combo really impressed scouts. He also drew some praise from one scout for the way he turned it up a notch with runners on base. At 21 years old, he still needs to show better fastball command and develop his change-up, but scouts obviously believe his upside is as good as it gets among AFL pitchers.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
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.