Glasnow Showing Improvement

Right-hander has one more start before regular season.

Jeff Hathhorn
March 22, 2018 - 1:15 pm
Tyler Glasnow

93.7 the Fan

When asked if Tyler Glasnow has improved, pitching coach Ray Searage said “yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.”  That’s five by my count and Searage seemed sincere with each of them.

 “Very, very happy to see that going on,” Searage said.  “We are continuing to make adjustments and finding out things that really were imbedded in there, through his minor leagues and now at the major league level.”

Searage believes if the 24-year-old Glasnow can have control of the inside fastball, that would be a game-changer for him.  Searage said he is not a finished product.  However Glasnow has embraced the adjustments.  Searage believes Glasnow has a better idea about himself as a pitcher.

“Last year he was wide-eyed and bushy-tailed,” Searage said.  “He would be that deer running across the street and your headlights are on.  He standing looking right at you ‘are you going to keep going or should I take off’.  Now he’s mature.  He went through that.  Got sent down.  Came back and he realized ‘wow this is a different thing from the minor leagues.  I don’t get away with mistakes anymore, so now I got to really have intent behind my pitches’.”

Glasnow stats are up-and-down during Grapefruit League play, coming off his best start (4.2 IP, 5 hits, 1 earned run, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts), but that was preceded by allowing 7 runs in 2.2 innings.

It would appear Glasnow is headed to the bullpen with the Pirates.  Searage said he would have to learn to study every night.  The Bucs will continue to stretch him out, just in case.  The eighth year pitching coach is still drilling this piece of advice.

“You can still throw hard, but be a pitcher,” Searage said.  “Scherzer does it, I mean, OK, he’s up there.  But the concept is the same.  Isn’t it?”