Behind the Breakout: Tyler Glasnow
Greg Jewett dissects potential breakout candidates during the 2019 MLB campaign.
Battling his height and shifting between the bullpen and the rotation in Pittsburgh, Tyler Glasnow could be reaching his potential in Tampa Bay. It starts with a pitching coach who understands the mechanics of height as a pitcher, Kyle Snyder, who stands at 6’7” with Glasnow one inch taller. Last year, Glasnow finished with one win of his six decisions as a starting pitcher in 11 games. Entering this season, he owned a WHIP of 1.44 due to his lack of control at times and lack of faith in his four-seam fastball.
This year, Glasnow will start May with five wins against zero losses, a 1.75 ERA, 3.15 FIP and 0.94 WHIP through six starts spanning 36 innings. He’s also surging in regards to strikeouts with 38 against seven walks for a robust 27.7 strikeouts minus walks percentage, which presently ranks 13th among qualified starters. Yes, Glasnow’s ERA accompanies a 90.6 strand rate, which will regress, hence his xFIP. But, even if using Glasnow’s xFIP in the ERA rankings, he’d be...