2013 Stats (A-): 9-3, 111.1 IP, 2.18 ERA, .142 BAA, 164/61 K/BB (24 GS)
Any conversation about breakout prospects should begin with Tyler Glasnow, the Pittsburgh Pirates' fifth-round pick from the 2011 draft.
While he was limited to only 38.1 innings during his professional debut between the Gulf Coast and New York-Penn Leagues, Glasnow showed huge potential with a 1.88 ERA, .168 BAA and 44 strikeouts. As a result, the Pirates felt comfortable bumping the 6’7” right-hander up to Low-A West Virginia this year for his full-season debut.
To say that Glasnow responded favorably would be a gross understatement. The 20-year-old was utterly dominant in the South Atlantic League this season, as he led the league in ERA (2.18), opponent batting average (.142), strikeouts (164) and K/9 (13.26). More significantly, the right-hander emerged as a consensus top-50 overall prospect.
With a heavy fastball that works easily in the mid-90s with late life, sharp curveball that flashes plus potential and changeup that will need serious refinement moving forward, Glasnow has the ceiling of at least a mid-rotation starter. But if the arsenal improves as expected as he moves up the organizational ladder, we could be talking about him as a potential front-line starter by the end of the 2014 season.