Tyler Glasnow didn’t add a pitch or tweak his mechanics or make any other adjustments he hadn’t already tried in Pittsburgh.
So, how did a young player who seemed on the verge of squandering his vast potential in parts of three seasons with the Pirates become the best pitcher on the Rays — and in the American League, for that matter — over the first month of the season?
By thinking less, Michael Baumann writes in an extensive piece about Glasnow for The Ringer.
“Glasnow’s stuff has never been in question, just his ability to command it," Baumann writes. "Only by relaxing and trusting his stuff has he been able to unlock the rest of the puzzle.”
Once the top prospect in the Pirates’ organization, Glasnow says he never felt comfortable in Pittsburgh, where he had a 3-11 record and 5.79 earned-run average in 56 games between 2016-18. He struggled with his command and allowed too many home runs. He also over-analyzed himself on the mound.
Glasnow now does does most of his thinking between starts — he and pitching coach Kyle Snyder pore over data and high-speed camera footage and make adjustments immediately — Baumann writes, rather than on the field.
The result is a more relaxed pitcher.
“You can achieve peace of mind sooner than I think you would’ve been able to achieve it before,” Glasnow says. “It just allows you to see it on paper, write down what you need to adjust, stop thinking about it, and just take care of it the next day.”