Pirates Prospect Interview: Tyler Glasnow

Right-handed starter Tyler Glasnow was named the Pirates Minor League Pitcher of the Year following his 9-3 season at Single-A West Virginia. Glasnow compiled a 2.18 ERA and struck out 164 batters in 111 and one-third innings. PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko caught up with Glasnow.

GVB – Are you pleased with the season that had at West Virginia?

TG – Yeah I'm really excited about what happened this year. I learned a lot.

GVB – When I spoke with you early in the season you were talking about fastball command and throwing first pitch strikes. Did that all come together for you?

TG – My first pitch strike rate got a lot better throughout the year. Setting a goal for that early I think helped me a lot, and everything just came along. I still have a lot of work to do, but I feel like I'm going in the right direction.

GVB – We heard so much about the fastball, did they limit you because they are concerned about fastball command or were you throwing other pitches, and if you were how are the secondary pitches coming along?

TG – Mostly at that level it was fastball command and really establishing that, I threw my change up a lot this year, more than I ever have. They really wanted me to learn that and get a feel for that. I feel like my fastball and my change up improved a lot this year, and I didn't throw my curve ball that much, but I can definitely see improvement and I feel that next year if I really start throwing that more it will start coming along, and that's really my focus.

GVB – Getting the Pitcher of the Year honor – is that pretty special for you?

TG – When I found out I was really excited, it was a dream come true really.

GVB – You went to the instructional league, anything in particular you worked on?

TG – Still work on the fastball along with some of the other pitches. After instructs I'll probably take a little bit of time off but I'll probably do the same stuff I did last year. I'm pretty boring in the off season, I just sleep and work out I guess.

GVB – Were you surprised how well things went at West Virginia after that short season at State College, and was there a little jump in velocity?

TG – Yeah, I think just kind of becoming more athletic I guess and growing into myself and throwing everyday really strengthens your arm a lot, so being out there and just feeling comfortable and being able to throw really helped.

GVB – Any goals as you look ahead to next season?

TG – I'm mean really stay healthy and just stay focused and work on the fastball downhill and not really get caught up in the stats or anything like that.

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