Tyler Glasnow recognizes that progress is a process
For the premiere starting pitching prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system, it was a tough debut.
“I think that I was just thinking about it too much.” Tyler Glasnow said. This, after giving up two runs in 1.2 innings of work in his Grapefruit League debut last week. “I’m thinking too much about mechanics and things I need to work on rather than competing.”
Although Glasnow had seen action just one week prior in the team’s annual Black & Gold scrimmage game, this was his first true taste of action against established Major-League hitters since his rapid advancement through the team’s minor league affiliates in 2015. It is important to note that Spring Training outings for starting pitchers – especially un-established starters – is more about refinement and mechanics than strictly results. Much like the games themselves, the box scores are meaningless, but that didn’t stop manager Clint Hurdle from recognizing that Glasnow might have gotten into his own head.
“It was a great day for us to send those young men out there and pitch.” Hurdle said after Glasnow’s start. “That’s what I tell them, to go out there and compete. The hard part now can be, for younger players especially, is that they want to well. They want to work hard, they’ve thrown their side sessions, then they want to dot everything up.”
For Glasnow, dotting everything up likely means mastering his change up to go along with his plus fastball and curveball pitches.