In the end, Pirates management decided to go with potential.
Following the last night’s game in Montreal, Clint Hurdle announced that rookie Tyler Glasnow had won the final spot in the Opening Day 2017 starting rotation over Trevor Williams.
Good news for a Williams is that he will be coming North with the team as he’ll be a member of the bullpen along with veteran Wade LeBlanc. Williams deserved to make the team considering he was one of the team’s better pitchers this spring.
Rule 5 pick Trevor Webb was the odd man out and has been offered back to the NY Yankees.
The all-righty rotation is set with Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, Ivan Nova, Chad Kuhl and Glasnow. Call my crazy but I like that rotation and think it has a chance to be really good.
Hurdle and Neal Huntington looked past Glasnow’s spring ERA of 5.65 and focused on his potential that has him ranked as one of the top overall prospects in Major League Baseball.
The 23-year old Glasnow had a brief stay last year with the Pirates, logging 23.1 innings and a 4.24 ERA.
Here’s the age of the Pirates rotation: Cole (26), Taillon (25), Nova (30), Kuhl (24) and Glasnow (23).