Tyler Glasnow
Tyler Glasnow
25-Year-Old PitcherSP
Tampa Bay Rays
10-Day IL
Injury Forearm
Est. Return 6/20/2019
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.
Pain-free, progressing well
PTampa Bay Rays
Forearm
May 21, 2019
Glasnow (forearm) said Tuesday that he is pain free and he will progress to throwing a baseball soon, Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports.
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He threw a tennis ball Tuesday and has been doing cardio and weightlifting on the side. Glasnow is progressing better than expected and says he will be back sooner than later. The initial timetable was 4-to-6 weeks back on May 11, and while his recovery is going well, it would still be wise to view a mid-June return as the best-case scenario.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
Even Split
2019
 
 
-11%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-2%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-2%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .245 479 117 60 101 25 2 14
Since 2017vs Right .245 477 130 46 104 17 2 17
2019vs Left .189 79 24 4 14 1 0 1
2019vs Right .212 104 31 5 21 3 0 2
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
 
 
-11%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-78%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-43%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-2%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.43 1.51 113.2 3 7 0 10.1 4.4 1.3
Since 2017Away 4.98 1.28 108.1 7 8 0 10.0 4.2 1.2
2019Home 3.18 1.19 22.2 2 1 0 8.3 2.4 0.8
2019Away 0.70 0.66 25.2 4 0 0 11.9 1.1 0.4
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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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 40 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
6.11
 
K/9
10.2
 
BB/9
1.7
 
HR/9
0.6
 
Fastball
96.7 mph
 
ERA
1.86
 
WHIP
0.91
 
BABIP
.282
 
GB/FB
1.85
 
Left On Base
82.9%
 
Exit Velocity
86.4 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.0%
 
Spin Rate
2369 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
30.0%
 
Swinging Strike
10.8%
 
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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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Out 4-to-6 weeks
PTampa Bay Rays
Forearm
May 11, 2019
Glasnow has been diagnosed with a mild forearm strain and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Leaves with forearm tightness
PTampa Bay Rays
Forearm
May 10, 2019
Glasnow departed Friday's game against the Yankees due to right forearm tightness, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.
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Departs with injury
PTampa Bay Rays
Undisclosed
May 10, 2019
Glasnow left the field with the team trainer after suffering an undisclosed injury during Friday's start against the Yankees, Kristie Ackert of the NY Daily News reports. He left in line for the victory after allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out nine over 5.1 innings.
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Opening series against Yankees
PTampa Bay Rays
May 8, 2019
Glasnow will start Friday's game against the Yankees, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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Fans eight in seven scoreless
PTampa Bay Rays
May 3, 2019
Glasnow (6-0) picked up the win Friday against the Orioles, allowing just three hits while striking out eight batters across seven scoreless innings.
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