Pirates' Glasnow fans nine in first Triple-A win

Pirates' Glasnow fans nine in first Triple-A win

Tyler Glasnow picked up his first Triple-A win Saturday afternoon, going 6 1/3 scoreless innings while striking out nine hitters as Indianapolis took down Charlotte, 6-0.

Pittsburgh's top prospect (No. 8 overall) now boasts a 0.99 ERA in five starts for the Indians after allowing four hits and two walks against the Knights. He's been with Indianapolis since Aug. 1 and has allowed three earned runs -- none of which have come in his past two outings (11 1/3 innings).

Glasnow returned from an ankle injury in mid-June, firing off a couple of inconsistent rehab starts for Class A Short-Season West Virginia before posting a 3-1 record over six appearances for Double-A Altoona.

The Pirates drafted Glasnow, 21, in the fifth round of the 2011 Draft. He "has the ability to blow away hitters on a consistent basis" with his fastball, according to MLBPipeline expert Jonathan Mayo, and the 6-foot-8 righty has proved it this season with 122 K's against 36 walks.

Alex M. Smith is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.