Glasnow, originally a fifth-round pick by the Pirates in the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft, spent the 2013 season with Class-A West Virginia, where he compiled a 9-3 record in 24 starts. Over 111.1 innings pitched, Glasnow maintained a 2.18 ERA and notched 164 strikeouts and an astronomical 13.3 K/9. Glasnow also had an extremely impressive 1.033 WHIP over the course of the year, which is even more remarkable considering he walked just under five per nine innings. With any young, power pitcher, walks can be expected. Glasnow will work towards refining his control in the coming years, and one can only imagine what his numbers will begin to look like against stronger competition.
2013 was Glasnow's first full-season in the Pirates system, as he split half of a season between Rookie ball and the Low-A New York-Penn League. His numbers were impressive in limited time, as he posted a 1.88 ERA in 38.1 innings. He will likely start the 2014 season pitching for High-A Bradenton or Double-A Altoona if the organization believes he is ready.
A graduate of Hart High School in Santa Clarita, CA, Glasnow has an exceptionally lanky frame (6-foot-7, 195 pounds) and would instantly become one of the tallest pitchers in the majors.
However, for all Glasnow has going for him early on in his professional career, he will be looking to become one of a very select group of Pirates players who cracked the big leagues after being drafted by the team in the fifth round. Even more exclusive, he will be looking to join the group of fifth rounders drafted by the Pirates who had sustained success in the major leagues.
The best of the group, 1966 fifth round pick Dave Cash amassed a 25.2 career WAR. Some other "notable" fifth round picks include Wayne Garland, Bip Roberts, Wes Chamberlain, Craig Stansberry, JR. House and Tike Redman. A member of the 2013 Bucs, Justin Wilson became the latest fifth round pick of the Pirates to reach the major leagues.
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