Report: Pirates to Promote Tyler Glasnow

Pittsburgh continues the influx of top prospects, again.

Approximately one month after promoting fellow top prospect Jameson Taillon, the Pittsburgh Pirates are at it again. This time, ESPN’s Buster Olney is reporting that they’re making the call to right-hander Tyler Glasnow.

Olney later clarified on this tweet, by tweeting out that Glasnow would be pitching for the Bucs on Thursday, not this weekend.

The news comes as very little shock, given the Pirates’ injury woes within their rotation. The aforementioned Taillon and staff ace Gerrit Cole are both on the disabled list currently, leaving Francisco Liriano, Jon Niese, Jeff Locke, and Chad Kuhl to handle pitching duties.

Glasnow has long been regarded as one of the best prospects in baseball, ranking no lower than #46 on any list since 2014. Entering this season, Glasnow was viewed as a consensus top-15 prospect, and the top youngster in the Pirates farm system.

Over his almost five years of minor league ball, the 22-year-old has dominated. In his minor league career, Glasnow owns a 35-18 record with a 2.01 ERA and a K:BB ratio of 614:230 in 479.1 innings pitched. Most impressively, Glasnow has steamrolled the Triple-A level this season, compiling a 7-2 record with a 1.74 ERA and a K:BB ratio of 113:52 in only 96 innings.

Glasnow was only the second-best right-handed pitching prospect, behind Lucas Giolito, who made his MLB debut last month. While his command could be a problem on occasion, it’s widely believed that Glasnow is ready to face major-league hitters. With Pittsburgh’s floundering rotation, there’s no harm in giving the kid a shot. It’s a low-risk/high-reward type of move.

Glasnow’s first assignment will be a tough one, as he toes the rubber against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday.

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