3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP – Pittsburgh Pirates
Coming off a disappointing playoff loss in last year’s Wild Card Game against the Chicago Cubs, the Pirates come with a lot of question marks for the 2016 season. Despite having one of the best rotations in all of baseball in 2015, the Pirates don’t look as good going into 2016. The Pirates have lost A.J. Burnett, J.A. Happ, Charlie Morton and others this offseason, making their rotation quite thin going into next season. Past aces Gerrit Cole and Francisco Liriano, and new addition Jon Niese, the Pirates rotation comes with nothing but question marks in the back end. However, some of those questions could be answered by young righty Tyler Glasnow.
In split time across three levels last season, Glasnow threw over 100 innings, getting the bulk of his work in Double-A. Pitching for the Altoona Curve, Glasnow pitched to the tune of a 2.43 ERA in 63 innings. Glasgow outdid himself following his late season call up to Triple-A, finishing with a 2.20 ERA in 41 innings at the highest minor league level. G
lasnow has shown he does not have a lot more to prove at the minor league level. He should be in the big leagues no later than mid-season, and perhaps sooner if the Pirates rotation struggles early. Either way, Glasnow could have a big impact on a team that will be a playoff contender all year.