Heading into his start last night (May 12th), 2080 Baseball’s #10-ranked prospect in our Preseason Top 125 Prospect Rankings, Glasnow currently leads the International League with 48 strikeouts. His line to date through six starts has produced 33IP, 21H, 6 ER, 13, BB, 48K, and a 1.03 WHIP. The 6’8” right-hander has a very quick arm with a mid-to-upper 90s fastball and a plus curveball. His developing changeup has a chance to be average, and it remains one of his main points of development at Indianapolis to justify his ceiling as a top-of-the-rotation starter at the big league level.
As with most pitchers his size, his long limbs and delivery have hindered some of his ability to repeat his delivery and command the zone on a consistent basis. Glasnow could provide immediate value in the Pirates’ rotation with his current tool set, but he is better served to continue developing in Triple-A for now – working on his changeup and his ability to throw consistent strikes – for the betterment of his long term development.
Glasnow is pretty athletic, and I fully expect to see him able to make the appropriate adjustments. He could make his MLB debut in the near future, but how soon? The Pirates are best served at waiting until the expected “Super Two” cut-off date passes – at this point expected to be sometime in June. Here’s some video go Glasnow from April 10, courtesy of 2080’s Burke Granger.