Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Brewers 8, Pirates 2 Glasnow's Struggles Continue Success in Minors Isn't Translating to Majors

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Brewers 8, Pirates 2 Glasnow's Struggles Continue Success in Minors Isn't Translating to Majors

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MILWAUKEE - Tyler Glasnow looked different on the mound at Miller Park Wednesday night. Gone was the rock step he used in spring training; instead, his delivery began with his left foot slightly behind his right. His delivery was much quicker.

The pitches looked different, too. His fastball hit 99 mph and consistently topped 95, which rarely happened earlier this season during his first stint in the majors. His changeup looked like a changeup, rather than a slower, straighter fastball. He got Neil Walker to swing over a good one.

Glasnow looked different on the mound. Unfortunately, the results were similar.

The 24-year-old right-hander did not complete the third inning of an 8-2 loss against the Milwaukee Brewers. In 2? innings, he issued five unintentional walks, allowed five runs and four hits and struck out three.

Other than a two-run homer to Eric Thames, the hits Glasnow allowed were two broken-bat singles and a well-placed ground ball. The fastball velocity was real, and the changeup moved better than it had. But he often cast his curveball out to his arm side, and the pitch did not have the same hard bite.

That fastball and curveball helped Glasnow dominate the minor leagues for years. This spring, the Pirates decided that the next phase of Glasnow's development needed to take place in the majors and gave him the final spot in the rotation. He started 12 games. He finished six innings in three of them. In 54? innings he walked 29 batters, or 4.8 per nine innings pitched, and had a 7.45 ERA when the Pirates optioned him to Class AAA Indianapolis June 10.

Unable to implement pitching coach Ray Searage's suggestion to speed up his delivery and pitch less deliberately in the majors, the advice clicked after the demotion. He struck out 140 batters in 93? …

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