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Pitching 3D: Special Delivery Tyler Glasnow

Doug Thorburn

Doug started writing for RotoWire in April of 2015. His work can be found elsewhere at Baseball Prospectus and RotoGrinders, and as the co-host of the Baseballholics Anonymous podcast. Thorburn's expertise lies on the mound, where he tackles the world of pitching with an emphasis on mechanical evaluation. He spent five years at the National Pitching Association working under pitching coach Tom House, where Thorburn ran the hi-speed motion analysis program in addition to serving as an instructor. Thorburn and House wrote the 2009 book, “Arm Action, Arm Path, and the Perfect Pitch: Building a Million Dollar Arm,” using data from hi-speed motion analysis to tackle conventional wisdom in baseball. His DraftKings ID is “Raising Aces”.

Pittsburgh Pirate Tyler Glasnow shares a key mechanical trait with the first pitcher in the "Special Delivery" series, Jose Berrios. When at their best, both young right-handers have excellent momentum and long strides that support a deep release point. However, since those traits aren't necessarily desired by all organizations, both pitchers have had to battle with coaching philosophies that told them to slow down and "not rush," and in both cases the results were predictably disastrous. Left to their own devices, both Berrios and Glasnow have the potential to reap the mechanical and functional advantages of an extended release point, though of the two pitchers, Glasnow has much further to go before cementing a timing pattern that works.

Glasnow won the competition for the fifth starter's role in Pittsburgh, paving the way for his 2017 debut. Glasnow had been a hero of true outcomes in the minors, with a K-rate of 11.6 K/9 and a ...

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