The Pittsburgh Pirates need pitching help and some reportedly could be on the way soon in the form of top prospects Tyler Glasnow and Jameson Taillon.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that the Pirates could summon either one or both of their Super Two prospects sometime in June. Glasnow and Taillon are both currently in Triple-A Indianapolis and are ranked as the team's top minor league prospect and No. 4 prospect overall, respectively.
Glasnow is a big, right-handed power pitcher whose fastball tops out in the upper-90s. The 6-foot-8, 225-pounder, also has a knee-buckling curveball and changeup. His biggest issue is his control, though he has made significant strides in the area over his five years in the minors.
Glasnow is coming off his worst start of the season, surrendering six hits and three runs in five innings of work against Syracuse on May 12. He also walked five and struck out just one. He threw a season-high 98 pitches but only recorded 50 strikes.
Glasnow is 2-1 with a 2.13 ERA in seven starts on the season. The 22-year-old has registered 49 strikeouts and 18 walks in 38.0 innings of work. The International League strikeout leader has two double-digit strikeout performances and has permitted just 27 hits and nine earned runs. Glasnow ranks 11th in the IL with a 2.13 ERA and 18th in WHIP at 1.18.
Glasnow was selected by the Pirates in the fifth round (No. 152 pick overall) of the 2011 draft and is ranked as the No.8 prospect in Minor League Baseball this year. He has a 30-17 record with a 2.07 ERA in 88 career games.
Taillon is a big, hard-thrower as well with his fastball consistently reaching the mid-90s. The 24-year-old also has a big over-hand curve and his changeup as well as his control is better than Glasnow's. His biggest issue over the past few seasons has been his health. Taillon missed the entire 2014 season recovering from Tommy John surgery and then was forced to sit out last season with an inguinal hernia.
Taillon has returned in a big way this season, posting a 2-1 record with a 1.69 ERA in six starts. He has gone at least six innings in five of his six starts and has lasted seven innings in each of his last three games, which includes tossing a season-high 100 pitches against Syracuse on May 9.
Taillon has compiled 37.1 innings of work this year, surrendering 25 hits and seven runs. He also has recorded 32 strikeouts compared to just four free passes. Taillon leads the International League with a 0.78 WHIP and is fifth in ERA at 1.69.
Taillon is ranked the No. 50 prospect overall in MILB. He was taken by the Pirates with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 draft. Taillon is 18-22 with a 3.54 ERA in 81 career games.
Chad Kuehl is another top prospect in the starting rotation in Indianapolis and could make the journey to Pittsburgh sometime this summer. The 23-year-old right-hander is 2-0 with a minuscule 1.10 ERA in 32.2 innings of work over six games. He is limiting hitters to a.184 average and has struck out 24 batters while walking eight.