SARASOTA, Fla. -- After his first official Spring Training start on Saturday, top prospect Tyler Glasnow said he was thinking too much about his delivery, misplacing his focus on mechanics over competition.Pitching on a quiet back field at 10 a.m. may not seem like the place to compete, but that's
SARASOTA, Fla. -- After his first official Spring Training start on Saturday, top prospect Tyler Glasnow said he was thinking too much about his delivery, misplacing his focus on mechanics over competition.
Pitching on a quiet back field at 10 a.m. may not seem like the place to compete, but that's where Glasnow went to work Thursday morning in a "B" game against the Orioles at the Ed Smith Stadium Complex. Glasnow, MLBPipeline.com's No. 10 overall prospect, allowed one earned run in two innings, scattering three hits while walking one batter.
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This was no typical outing, however, as Glasnow's first inning was called after two outs and his second inning went on for one more batter after the Pirates recorded three outs. Where most Grapefruit League games draw crowds of several thousand people, there were only a handful of scouts, reporters and family members sitting in the bleachers Thursday.
"I hate when there's no fans. Pitching is pitching. Nothing's really going to affect it," Glasnow said, smiling. "But I prefer a big crowd and noise a lot more than nothing."
Still, Glasnow eventually found the competitive mindset he'd been looking for.
"A little more in the second inning. I think the first couple batters, I was more in that thinking mode," he said. "It felt a little better than it did [Saturday], but I think when I went out in the second inning, that was the time for me to stop thinking about it and go out and throw."
Glasnow walked the first batter he faced and served up a single to right field in the first inning. One run scored on an error by second baseman Alen Hanson, and another came home on a groundout Glasnow deflected toward shortstop Adam Frazier. With Glasnow's pitch count climbing, the Pirates called off the inning with two outs.
In the second inning, Glasnow allowed a single up the middle, struck out the next batter he faced and induced what would have been an inning-ending double play. However, he worked so efficiently that the Pirates asked the Orioles to send up another batter, who finished the frame with an infield single.
"Just good to be back out there again. Working on some stuff, so I came out here and worked on it," Glasnow said. "Everything for the most part felt good."
The 6-foot-8 right-hander, likely to make his Major League debut at some point this year, doesn't know how much longer he'll be in big league camp. As starters begin to work deeper into games, innings are at a premium and prospects like Glasnow typically are sent to Minor League camp to get stretched out for the season.
"We're going to reevaluate as we move forward. It all depends on innings," manager Clint Hurdle said. "We've got to get ready for our season, and we've got to get them ready for their season."
In the meantime, Glasnow has been trying to soak up as much knowledge as possible. He is constantly talking to pitching coach Ray Searage. He's sought out closer Mark Melancon and ace Gerrit Cole for advice, too.
"Just learning from other guys and asking questions, getting coaches' opinions and stuff like that. I think it's been a good experience," Glasnow said. "Just taking it and learning what I can learn, then I'll be good."
Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry.