Pipeline preview: Postseason action set to heat up

Glasnow gets call as Bradenton hosts Fort Myers in Florida State League playoffs

Pipeline preview: Postseason action set to heat up

Class A Advanced Bradenton swept the Florida State League's awards last week, as right-hander Tyler Glasnow and outfielder Josh Bell were named Pitcher and Player of the Year. The Pirates' Nos. 1 and 3 prospects helped propel the Marauders to the second-half South Division championship and into the playoffs.

Bell, ranked No. 32 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, was promoted to Double-A Altoona in July and won't be able to help Bradenton when the playoffs begin on Tuesday. But Glasnow is expected to be on the hill when Bradenton hosts Fort Myers in Game 1 of a three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET.

Glasnow, ranked No. 19 on the Top 100, went 12-5 and led the league with a 1.74 ERA in 23 starts this season. He finished the regular season by winning his final five decisions.

Despite missing the first few weeks of the season due to a back injury, Glasnow led all Pirates Minor Leaguers in strikeouts for the second straight year. He whiffed 157 batters and walked 57 in 124 1/3 innings.

Fort Myers is led by outfielder Adam Brett Walker, the Twins' No. 14 prospect. He hit .246/.307/.436 and led the league with 25 home runs in 132 games this season. The Miracle also features catcher Stuart Turner and outfielders Travis Harrison and Max Kepler, the club's Nos. 16, 17 and 20 prospects.

The other Florida State League semifinal series pits Dunedin against Daytona. The Cubs are led by catcher/outfielder Kyle Schwarber, the organization's No. 7 prospect and the fourth overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, while the Blue Jays feature third baseman Mitch Nay, the club's No. 7 prospect. First pitch in Game 1 is set for 7:05 p.m. ET.

While Fort Myers is getting its playoff journey underway Tuesday, another Twins affiliate will be hoping to extend its postseason. Rookie-level Elizabethton will host Johnson City on Tuesday in Game 3 of its three-game Appalachian League semifinal series. The Twins took Game 1, before losing to the Cardinals, 10-9, on Monday to set up the decisive third game.

Elizabethton is led by shortstop Nick Gordon, the Twins' No. 6 prospect and No. 40 on the Top 100. He is 2-for-9 in the series with two runs, two walks and an RBI. Right-hander Felix Jorge, the club's No. 12 prospect, is slated to start against Johnson City right-hander Matt Pearce. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Today's playoff matchups

Appalachian League semifinals (best-of-3)
Johnson City at Elizabethton, Game 3, 7 p.m. ET

Florida State League semifinals (best-of-3)
Fort Myers at Bradenton, Game 1, 6:30 p.m. ET
Dunedin at Daytona, Game 1, 7:05 p.m. ET

Northwest League semifinals (best-of-3)
Hillsboro at Boise, Game 1, 8:45 p.m. ET
Spokane at Vancouver, Game 1, 10:05 p.m. ET

Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.