Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Retooled Glasnow Called Up for Another Shot at Rotation

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Retooled Glasnow Called Up for Another Shot at Rotation

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ST. LOUIS - Sporting a quicker delivery and a pitch arsenal better equipped to retire major league hitters, Tyler Glasnow will receive another shot in the rotation.

The Pirates promoted Glasnow, 24, who entered the season as the system's No. 3 prospect according to Baseball America, and five other players Sunday after Class AAA Indianapolis was eliminated from the International League playoffs Saturday night. Glasnow will start Wednesday in Milwaukee.

Glasnow got the final rotation spot out of spring training but posted a 7.45 ERA in 12 starts before being demoted. A quicker delivery upon his return to the minors helped the 6-foot-8 right-hander tap into his athleticism, increasing his fastball velocity while sharpening his curveball, and he had a 1.94 ERA and 140 strikeouts in 93? minor league innings.

"I went down and it was kind of a wakeup call," Glasnow said. "Just kind of a whole changeup of mechanics and switched everything up. Fastball [velocity] went up and I had two off-speed pitches, and it's a lot easier to pitch with three pitches than half of one."

Glasnow walked 29 batters in 54? innings in the majors, a rate of 4.8 per nine. He allowed 75 hits and 12 home runs, posting a 1.91 WHIP.

"Even when I was here, [pitching coach] Ray [Searage] talked about it," Glasnow said. " 'You're slower now, you've got to go faster,' and it was something I just couldn't really grasp. I didn't know how to do it athletically."

The recommendation clicked in Glasnow's first minor league start. He struck out 10 or more batters in seven of his 15 starts, and did not walk more than two batters in any of his final seven.

In his 10 weeks in the Pirates rotation, Glasnow also became more comfortable with his teammates and better understood the need to embrace his personality without worrying about it causing problems.

"I think when you come up here, you don't want to step on anyone's toes and you can kind of lose who you are a little bit," said Glasnow, an outgoing guy with a good sense of humor. …

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