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Player Spotlight: 2019 Fantasy Baseball Tyler Glasnow

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If you don’t follow minor league prospects there’s a good chance you don’t know much about the 6’8, flame-throwing right-hander Tyler Glasnow.

In 2016 Glasnow was named pitcher of the year by MLB Pipeline, his second such award in the minors. He was also crowned back in 2014.

Glasnow was unbelievable in 2016, posting a 1.93 ERA, limiting opponents to a .176 batting average. In 116.2 innings pitched, he was nearly unhittable, striking out 144 batters!


Tyler appeared in 56 games for the Pirates over parts of three seasons, making 17 starts, but the results were not great.

Then at the MLB Trade Deadline last season, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays, along with Austin Meadows, for Chris Archer.

A fresh start with a new franchise was the only chance Glasnow had to reignite his career.

2019 Fantasy Baseball Tyler Glasnow

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High Pitch Counts Lead to Short Outings

A big reason the Pirates gave up on Glasnow and made him available was because of his inability to throw strikes consistently. As a starter, Glasnow would fall behind batters leading to too many walks or he would throw a get me over fastball which would get hit hard. This led to high pitch counts and Glasnow being just completely ineffective, causing the Pirates to tax their bullpen for 4+ innings every fifth day.

Luckily for Glasnow, the Rays saw what kind of pitcher he was capable of being in the big leagues, and in many ways, they saved his career.

For most of his career, Glasnow relied on two pitches, his upper 90s fastball and curveball. Since joining the Rays Glasnow has added a third pitch to his repertoire, a slider. Glasnow has also been elevating his fastball, which hitters just can’t catch up to. This also gives him an advantage with his curve which has a high spin rate. Glasnow has become a legitimate pitcher, rather than a pitcher who just tries to throw his fastball by hitters.

2019 Outlook

In his first start of the year, Glasnow gave up a first inning home run to Alex Bregman. He hasn’t allowed a run since, throwing 16 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings.

Here are Glasnow’s first three starts of the season:

  • vs HOU – 5 IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 K – W
  • @ SF – 6 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 0 R, 0 ER, 6 K – W
  • @ CWS – 6 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 0 R, 0 ER, 11 K – W

Entering Sunday, Glasnow was one of four starters with a FIP below 2.00 and third in xFIP behind Blake Snell and Jacob deGrom.He ranked 5th in SIERA, behind Snell, deGrom, Matthew Boyd (?) and Max Scherzer.

Of the 20 pitchers with a 50% groundball rate, Glasnow, Stephen Strasburg and Luis Castillo were the only one with a 10+ K/9.

Next up for Glasnow will be the Baltimore Orioles, followed by two starts against the Boston Red Sox and then the Kansas City Royals.

With an 8-4 win on Sunday over the Blue Jays, the Rays improved to 12-4 to start the 2019 MLB season


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