INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Right-hander Tyler Glasnow, the Pirates' No. 1 prospect, was working on a no-hitter Wednesday afternoon until rain intervened at Victory Field. Glasnow pitched five scoreless, hitless innings, walked four batters and struck out three in Triple-A Indianapolis' 2-0 win against Rochester.
Then a two-hour, 15-minute rain delay took hold, and Glasnow was replaced by Cory Luebke when play resumed. The Indians fell two outs shy of a combined no-hitter after Luebke threw two perfect innings and Trey Haley struck out the side in the eighth. Reliever Jorge Rondon allowed two hits with one out in the ninth inning.
Though Glasnow didn't give up any hits, he struggled with his command throughout the game. He attributed most of his issues to him getting a feel for his mechanics.
"I feel a lot better in the stretch than I do the windup. I have the past couple years," Glasnow said. "It was hard for me to figure out the rhythm of the windup, and I was trying not to think about it, but once I went to the stretch, everything felt good. All my walks came in the windup. I've definitely got to refine that."
Glasnow (5-2, 2.07 ERA) threw 38 strikes out of 74 pitches, and he estimated afterward that approximately seven of those pitches were changeups. Pirates general manager Neal Huntington has said he wants Glasnow to incorporate his changeup more and become more comfortable throwing the pitch before he's called up to Pittsburgh.
"He's going to need to be able to use three pitches for strikes," Huntington said. "In Tyler's case, it's going to need to be a pitch that he can throw behind in the count. It's going to need to be a pitch that he can throw ahead in the count. It's going to need to be a pitch that gets them off of that fastball, will make that fastball that rides in the top of the zone and sinks in the bottom of the zone that much better."
Sarah K. Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Pittsburgh. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.