Friday, December 20, 2013

Have you ever heard of this prospect?

Tyler Glasnow

You better learn the name!

I got to meet Tyler during the summer last year and managed to get a ball signed by him which is now proudly displayed in my collection.

Much like my reasons for not getting a Bowman Chrome AUTO of Gerrit Cole upon initial release, I've held off on grabbing a Tyler Glasnow auto for the same reason.  When 2013 Bowman Chrome initially hit, the base autos of Tyler were reaching as high as $30 a pop.  With several months of patience, I was finally able to grab one for under $12.

Though Tyler was only 19 for most of last year, he put up incredible numbers in A ball.
Here's his minor league career stats
Innings Pitched: 149.2
Strikeouts: 208 (12.5K/9)
Hits: 77 (4.6H/9)
Walks:: 78 (4.8BB/9)
WHIP: 1.036
ERA: 2.10

Assuming that Tyler will play in A+ ball to start the 2014 season and get promoted to AA mid season, if Tyler can cut down on the walk rate over the next two seasons in A+, AA, and AAA he will be a dominating arm to have at the back of the rotation for the Pirates entering 2016.  He's currently ranked #97 on MLB's top 100 prospects.

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