Ronnie Glenn, Left-Handed Pitcher
HT : 6'3
WT : 230
DOB : July 15, 1993 (22), in Silver Spring, Florida
Throws : Left
Bats : Left
School : University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
Acquired : Drafted in 22nd Round of MLB Draft
Last Year's Ranking : Unranked
It takes quite a bit to earn your way into an Ivy League school. It takes quite a bit more to become a professional baseball player. For southpaw, Ronnie Glenn, both came with ease after being selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the 22nd round of this past draft out of Pennsylvania.
Glenn has an easy delivery, with a solid frame at six-foot-three and 230 pounds. He works quickly, and is aggressive to pitch to contact. He has solid fastball command, and is beginning to show better command of his off-speed pitches, keeping control issues limited.
Glenn's fastball is his best pitch, sitting around 88-92 miles per hour regularly. Though his work has been limited to relief only as a professional, he has shown the ability to maintain velocity throughout a high work load and late into games.
The southpaw has a pair of off-speed offerings, consisting of a slider and changeup. His slider is the better of the two, with a hard sweeping break. His changeup is around average, and gives him the ability to work away from right-handed batters without his fastball.
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Scouting Report from Taylor Blake Ward - Senior Publisher for Scout.com
Glenn was a four-letter winner in high school, and earned All-County, All-Conference and All-Area First-Team honors and a sophomore and junior. He was also named an All-State Second-Team selection those years.
Glenn finished his freshman seasonw ith a 5.76 ERA over 13 appearances. His season was highlighted by a 3.2 innings outing, where he allowed just two hits, and also, a three inning hitless outing against Harvard.
Glenn led Ivy League with a Penn school-record, eight saves his sophomore season. Three of those saves came in consecutive outings agaionst Towson and George Washington, and threw a perfect inning against Harvard to pick up his eighth. Glenn finished the season being named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association Mid-Season Stopper of the Year Watch List.
Glenn's junior season was his first full year as a starter. His most important start came in a must-win game against Columbia, where he pitched a complete game to keep Penn's Quakers Gehrig Division title hopes alive. He sealed the title with a 3.1 inning relief appearance where he allowed just one hit. Glenn struck out a career-high, 10, against Princeton, and allowed just one run between two starts against Dartmouth and Cornell. Glenn finished the season with a 5-2 record and 3.46 ERA, with a 4-0 record and 1.17 ERA in Ivy Leagye play, helping him be named an All-Ivy honorable mention.
Glenn's final collegiate season was quite possibly his best, where he was a two-time Ivy-League Pitcher of the Week, an All-Ivy honorable mention and Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District First-Team selection. He finished the year with a 4-3 record, 3.12 ERA and 8.53 strikeouts per nine. He finished tops on the team with five complete games in nine appearances. Glenn tapped into the Penn record books, finishing seventh all-time for pitcher appearances at 47.
The Ivy League southpaw jumped into professional baseball, and saw an outstanding outcome. In his first four games, Glenn struck out 10 of the first 25 batters he faced, allowing just two hits and two walks. Glenn struggled right after that initial burst, allowing 12 earned runs in his next 8.1 innings pitched. Glenn's excellence emerged again over his next 14 games, allowing just five earned runs in 25.1 innings pitched (1.78 ERA), while holding bats to a .185/.257/.228 slash. Glenn finished his first professional year with a 3.73 ERA and 1.244 WHIP.
Glenn has shown he's advanced for rookie ball, and is ready to make the leap into Single-A. Whether it's High-A or Low-A should be determined in Spring Training, where he'll catch a bus to either San Bernardino or Burlington.
The Angels system is in need for lefty-specialist, and with Glenn's abilities to get right-handed hitters out as well, he's slightly further ahead than the other southpaw relievers in the system. As he progresses through the minors, it will be more evident if he has Major League capabilities or not.
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Taylor Blake Ward is a Senior Publisher for Scout.com, and can be found on Twitter, @TaylorBlakeWard.