Tyler Glasnow
Tyler Glasnow
25-Year-Old PitcherSP
Tampa Bay Rays
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Last year was, in effect, two separate seasons for the hard-throwing righty. Pittsburgh is a big believer in establishing the fastball low in the zone to generate groundballs. That approach requires good command of the strike zone, which Glasnow simply does not have yet. This led to a 56% groundball rate and a 14% walk rate with the Pirates. Tampa Bay wants pitchers to use the fastball up in the zone to change eye levels for the secondary stuff. Batters have a tougher time laying off high heat, especially heat with Glasnow's ride to it. That explains how he was able to cut his walk rate nearly in half, but he also saw his home-run rate double after the move, partly because of the move to the AL East. Further complicating matters is the fact 96.4% of his pitches for the Rays were either fastballs or curveballs. Few pitchers can consistently go deep relying on just two pitches, no matter how good those pitches are. Indeed, he averaged just five innings per start. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Pirates in March of 2018. Traded to the Rays in July of 2018.
Struggles with command
PTampa Bay Rays
April 21, 2019
Glasnow struck out five and yielded two runs on three walks and three hits in 5.1 innings in a no-decision against Boston on Sunday.
Coming into Sunday's start, Glasnow had issued just three free passes in 24 innings but matched that total against the Red Sox. He also threw just 49 of 76 pitches for strikes. Still, he owns a terrific 29:6 K:BB and 1.53 ERA in 2019. The 25-year-old righty will try to get his revenge in Boston next Saturday.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
Even Split
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .250 443 103 58 95 24 2 13
Since 2017vs Right .250 421 113 42 93 15 2 16
2019vs Left .195 43 10 2 8 0 0 0
2019vs Right .213 48 14 1 10 1 0 1
2018vs Left .215 242 63 31 45 10 1 6
2018vs Right .219 226 73 22 44 8 0 9
2017vs Left .323 158 30 25 42 14 1 7
2017vs Right .315 147 26 19 39 6 2 6
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
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ERA on Road
Since 2017Home 4.46 1.54 103.0 3 6 0 9.9 4.4 1.3
Since 2017Away 5.51 1.36 94.2 5 8 0 9.8 4.8 1.3
2019Home 2.25 1.17 12.0 2 0 0 5.3 0.8 0.8
2019Away 0.00 0.58 12.0 2 0 0 12.8 1.5 0.0
2018Home 3.17 1.36 59.2 0 2 0 11.9 4.4 1.5
2018Away 5.54 1.17 52.0 2 5 0 9.9 4.2 0.9
2017Home 7.76 2.04 31.1 1 4 0 7.8 5.7 1.1
2017Away 7.63 1.99 30.2 1 3 0 8.5 7.0 2.6
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How does Tyler Glasnow compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
During his ascent through Pittsburgh's farm system, Glasnow made a name for himself as a premier prospect. With a fastball that hovers around the 95 mph, a changeup and a curveball, Glasnow consistently fooled batters and turned in K/9s above 9.0 at each level. That dominance has yet to translate to the majors, as he posted a 7.45 ERA and 1.91 WHIP over his first 12 starts last season. His control was seemingly gone, as threw for a 50:29 K:BB over that span, and those struggles resulted in a demotion to Triple-A Indianapolis in mid-June. Glasnow found his groove with Indy, posting a 1.93 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 140:32 K:BB over 15 starts. However, he wasn't any better after returning to the big leagues in September (9.39 ERA, 2.74 WHIP). Until he shows something at the highest level, Glasnow will remain merely a lottery ticket -- an arm with upside but without the track record to warrant a substantial investment in single-season drafts.
Glasnow's success in the minors didn't translate to Pittsburgh during his initial run in the big leagues. He gave up 11 earned runs in 23.1 innings split between four starts and three relief outings. His biggest weapon -- fastball velocity -- varied greatly. After coming to the Bucs with a mid-to-upper 90s heater, Glasnow averaged 93.5 mph and occasionally dipped into the high 80s. He spent time on the DL with both shoulder and triceps discomfort, factors which likely contributed to inconsistent velocity. His walk rate (5.0 BB/9) remained high and the Pirates tried to teach him a slide step on the fly to help contain the running game. A reluctance to throw a recently-adopted changeup basically made him to a two-pitch pitcher. If he can stay healthy and remain confident through the inevitable struggles young pitchers face, then the 6-foot-8 righty could move into the top half of Pittsburgh's rotation in 2017.
Glasnow added to his reputation as a strikeout phenom in 2015, even though his 11.2 K/9 rate was actually the lowest in three minor league campaigns. He missed six weeks with an ankle injury but pitched well enough to earn a promotion to Triple-A Indianapolis, where he registered a 2.20 ERA in 41 innings. A 4.8 BB/9 mark forced general manager Neal Huntington to tap the brakes on talks of a big league debut, but a good start to 2016 will likely punch his ticket to PNC Park after the Super 2 arbitration date passes in early June, if not sooner.
Along with the injured Jameson Taillon, Glasnow ranks atop Pittsburgh's impressive list of pitching prospects. The 6-foot-7 righty built upon an impressive 2013 at Low-A with a standout season for High-A Bradenton last year. Working primarily worked off a high-90s fastball and sharp-breaking curve, Glasnow recorded 157 strikeouts in just 124.1 innings. He gave up only 74 hits but walked 57. Fortunately, the control improved year over year, from 4.9 BB/9 to 4.1 BB/9. Although the 21-year-old struggled in his lone playoff appearance and wasn't particularly dominant in the Arizona Fall League, he'll get a bump up to Double-A in 2015. While it's unlikely the organization promotes him to the big leagues before 2016, he could see time with Triple-A Indy this summer. His ceiling remains as high as anyone in Pittsburgh's farm system.
Glasnow exploded onto the scene in 2013, striking out 164 batters in 111.1 innings for Low-A West Virginia. The 20-year-old righty throws a 95 mph plus fastball and sharp curveball from a 6-8, 215 frame. His numbers include a 2.18 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. A 4.9 BB/9 could hold Glasnow back against more advanced hitters, but he's athletic enough for his size and has time on his side to project improvement. He'll make the jump to High-A in 2014, and if he finds a way to harness his control, he could advance quickly through a typically-conservative Pittsburgh farm system.
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Closing out weekend series
PTampa Bay Rays
April 18, 2019
Glasnow will start the finale of the three-game weekend series against the Red Sox on Sunday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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Stays undefeated
PTampa Bay Rays
April 16, 2019
Glasnow (4-0) picked up the win Tuesday, giving up two runs on seven hits over seven innings while striking out three in a 4-2 victory over the Orioles.
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Fans 11 over six innings
PTampa Bay Rays
April 10, 2019
Glasnow (3-0) earned the win against the White Sox on Wednesday by recording 11 strikeouts and allowing only two hits and one walk across six scoreless innings.
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Tosses six scoreless frames
PTampa Bay Rays
April 5, 2019
Glasnow (2-0) pitched six shutout innings Friday, allowing three runs on three hits while striking out six and walking one to earn a victory against the Giants.
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Strong outing in win over Astros
PTampa Bay Rays
March 30, 2019
Glasnow (1-0) picked up the win Saturday, allowing one run on six hits and a walk over five innings while striking out four in a 3-1 victory over the Astros.
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