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 Posted: Sun Apr 2nd, 2017 01:30 am
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Tyler Glasnow, the 23-year-old right-hander who struggled with consistency last summer in his first taste of the big leagues, will open the 2017 season as the Pittsburgh Pirates' fifth starter, beating out Trevor Williams for the final rotation spot, according to Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"I was extremely excited when they told me," Glasnow told reporters following his club's exhibition against the Toronto Blue Jays at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. "Texted my mom. I'm sure she'll cry enough for all of us. Yeah, it's great. It was honestly - it was really exciting."

Though Glasnow wasn't exceptional this spring, posting a 5.65 ERA while allowing 19 hits in 14 1/3 innings, the 6-foot-8 California native felt better as the Grapefruit League season progressed, he said, and he's now poised to slot into a revamped rotation that also features All-Star Gerrit Cole, the newly re-signed Ivan Nova, and another highly touted youngster in Jameson Taillon.

Selected in the fifth round of 2011 draft, Glasnow - widely considered one of the game's top pitching prospects - flashed both his considerable upside and well-documented control issues during his brief stint with the Pirates last year. Recalled from Triple-A in July for a couple of starts, and then again in September, he managed a 4.24 ERA with Pittsburgh, striking out 24 but walking 13 in 23 1/3 innings.