Rich Hill averaged 11.78 strikeouts per nine innings in 647 frames of minor league baseball. Glasnow, a teenager, has a career strikeout rate of 12.28 through 77 2/3 innings.
May has been good to Glasnow, too.
The 6-foot-7 southpaw from Newhall, Calif., is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in his last four starts, but it's the strikeout numbers and hitters' inability to get on base that is turning heads in the industry.
Glasnow struck out 39 batters in 19 innings this month, and he has struck out more than half (52 percent) of the 75 batters he's faced in that span.
Only six of those 75 batters have managed to get a hit off Glasnow, who has 62 strikeouts in 39 innings for the season.
In fact, only eight pitchers in all levels of the minors have more strikeouts. One is former Power hurler and fellow Pirates farmhand Jameson Taillon, who has 63 strikeouts in 552/3 innings for Class AA Altoona.
Another is in the South Atlantic League: Charleston's Rafael De Paula. He is the only minor leaguer with a better K/9 rate than Glasnow, although De Paula has 35 Ks in 23 innings this month.
Glasnow is trending the other way, and if the 19-year-old stays in the Sally League all summer, he could contend for the minor league strikeout crown.
Last year, that honor went to Dan Straily, who struck out 190 batters - 18 more than Cincinnati Reds farmhand Tony Cingrani.
Straily, by the way, went to Marshall.
Maybe the Mountain State can also be known as the Strikeout State.
Or, perhaps, we can lobby to get "Country Roads" to be spelled with a backwards K.
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