PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – With his anticipated debut date only a few weeks away, Pirates top prospect Tyler Glasnow joined “The Fan Morning Show” to talk about his work in Triple-A and making the leap to the majors.
Glasnow said that his changeup has been improving this season. That was one of the primary goals General Manager Neal Huntington laid out for him entering the season.READ MORE: At Least 7 Tornadoes Tear Through Western Pennsylvania
“I’m throwing it a lot more,” Glasnow said. “I’m feeling a lot more confident throwing my offspeed stuff in hitter’s counts, and I’m getting a lot better feel for things.”
The Pirates have an incredibly impressive arsenal of Triple-A starting pitchers, with the Indianapolis Indians’ rotation featuring prospects Jameson Taillon, Chad Kuhl, Steven Brault, Frank Duncan, and Glasnow.
Glasnow thinks this has created an environment that’s more symbiotic than it is competitive.
“I wouldn’t use the word, I guess, competitive,” Glasnow said. “I think we all, every time we go out there, we go out and obviously try to do as well as we can. I don’t think we sit there and want to compete with each other in, like, a spiteful way. But, I think that everyone doing good is the reason everyone is doing so well. I just think, you go out, and you want to pitch, and you want to win as a team, and when everyone else around you is doing good, I guess you have no choice but to pitch well along with them.”
Having Taillon around has been especially beneficial for Glasnow, and he says that the two of them have benefited from each other’s presence.READ MORE: Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit Sold Out This Weekend
“He’s a really good guy,” Glasnow said. “We’re good friends. I think people think we’re similar, just because we kind of have the same stuff, we throw the exact same pitches, and we have kind of the same velocity, and same height. We’re just kind of the same guy, I guess you could say…we definitely both feed off each other.”
Glasnow loves being part of the Pirates’ organization because of their commitment to developing young talent, such as himself.
“You can tell that they really care about the minor leagues,” Glasnow said. “I think some organizations, they’d rather have other guys develop in other organizations, and they can trade or pay for them, or something like that. But I think the Pirates, their biggest philosophy, I think, is just bringing up the young talent. They just built that huge weight room. Every year, it seems like they make a ton of new improvements. You just go to spring, you can just really feel that everyone’s there to help you.”
With so much success this season and June drawing near, Glasnow can sense that his dream is about to come true.
“I’ve dreamed of being in the big leagues since I was a little kid,” Glasnow said. “That’s definitely the goal this year. That’s all I’m really focused on right now, and hopefully it all comes to play.”
The interview can be heard here: