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Tyler Glasnow Makes MLB Debut

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Pittsburgh Pirates Top Prospect Tyler Glasnow Makes Big League Debut

On Thursday, Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Tyler Glasnow made his major league debut. The Pirates drafted the 22 year-old Glasnow in the 5th round of the 2011 MLB draft. This is not the first big name prospect the Pirates have called up this season. With Garrit Cole and Jameson Taillon on the DL, Pittsburgh needed a pitcher so fill the hole in the rotation.

Glasnow is the 11th pitcher that the Pirates have had to use this season. Steven Brault and Chad Kuhl have also received starts for the Pirates. Both Brault and Kuhl pitched will Glasnow at Triple-A Indianapolis.

Coming into his start, Glasnow had gained the prestige of the Pirates top prospect. He done this by breaking a strikeout record at Single-A and posting a 1.78 ERA in 17 starts at Triple-A.

Glasnow is 6’8″ tall and has a high 90’s fastball, a great curveball, and changeup that is still developing.

Tyler would need his best stuff if he hoped to get a win on Thursday. He faced the St. Louis Cardinals and their ace Adam Wainwright. In the end, the youngster was no match for the veteran. Glasnow gave up four runs on three hits over 5.1 innings. He also struck out five and walked two batters in the 5-1 Cardinals win.

The Pirates hope that moving forward they will get Cole and Taillon back to shore up their rotation. When all their starting pitchers are healthy, the Pirates will have seven pitchers competing for five rotation spots. In the coming weeks, Pittsburgh could deal a young, talented pitcher in order to add a bat or bullpen arm. The Pirates have the pitching depth to make a postseason push.