By Jason Shetler
Pirates top prospect Tyler Glasnow made his very much anticipated Major League debut Thursday against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Here now is my assessment of his first outing.
In terms of his stuff, Glasnow threw his fastball consistently in the mid-90’s, topping out at 97 mph. The fastball command looked good for the most part. Glasnow’s curveball had decent break to it, but he wasn’t really able to command it that well, as he hung the pitch quite a bit. Two examples being on an 0-2 count to Aledmys Diaz that resulted in a triple in the fourth inning, and a solo home run to Randall Grichuk in the fifth.
Glasnow pitched into the sixth, but put two men on and was taken out. He went 5.1 innings, giving up four runs, walking two and striking out five. Arquimedes Caminero allowed a three-run homer to Stephen Piscotty, which resulted in two of the runs being charged to Glasnow, making the line score look more mediocre than it probably shouldn’t have been. At one point, Glasnow retired nine batters in a row, so he did show some flashes of dominance. While it wasn’t a great start, he did a pretty good job of keeping the Pirates in the game.