Unless Glasnow pitches lights-out during spring training, he'll likely begin 2017 with Triple-A Indianapolis. "He's got to go out and compete, and show some improvements," manager Clint Hurdle told Pirates Prospects. "There's no free pass. It's not that it can't happen. It's the separation of Triple-A baseball and Major League baseball. He can go down there and guys don't get on base. So there's not the need that there is at the Major League level to control the running game, to mix pitches."
The righty is working on two pitches that he rarely threw in 2016, including a changeup and a two-seam fastball. He's also shortening his stride in an effort improve upon his command. Given the multitude of changes, the 23-year-old may start the season incorporating these adjustments while also working on his pick-off move. GM Neal Huntington remains excited about Glasnow's prospects. "When he puts this all together, he's going to be a fun pitcher to watch," Huntington said.
Glasnow could compete for one of Pittsburgh's final rotation spots in 2017, especially if the team fails to sign a veteran starter in the offseason, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
The righthander posted a 4.24 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 23.1 innings in his first go-around with the Bucs. "The best thing for me this last year was going up and experiencing it, seeing how similar it was to Triple-A and how calm I felt on the mound. I'm excited to go and do it." Pitching coach Ray Searage believes Glasnow's familiarity with the big leagues will help him in 2017. "Being a young kid with God-blessed talent out the yin-yang, he's got to understand: Just let your stuff flow," Searage said. "He never really got settled, never really felt comfortable out there. ... If that does happen, you guys are going to be going, 'Holy schnikes!'"
Glasnow allowed three runs in the first inning -- thanks in part to an error by Josh Bell -- and was removed after allowing another run in the third. By that point, he'd already thrown 67 pitches. The rookie had only allowed two runs in seven innings since returning from a long stint on the disabled list, but he was unable to match that form Sunday even though Washington rested a majority of its regulars. Glasnow, who still hasn't consistently matched the velocity he showed in the minors, is slated to make his final start of the regular season Friday on the road versus the Cardinals.
Glasnow will be given the start Sunday against Washington, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
At just 23 years old, Glasnow will look to leverage Sunday's start into a spot in the rotation for next season. He's made two previous starts, but holds an ERA of 4.11 over 15.2 total innings of work this season for the Pirates.
He could replace Ryan Vogelsong, who started Friday's tilt. Glasnow showcased great stuff against the Reds on Friday, hitting 98 mph while averaging 95.5 mph with his fastball -- a full three mph faster than in his last appearance. "What I liked tonight is he let the fastball go," manager Clint Hurdle said. "We hadn't seen 98. We saw it tonight."
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