MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo polled MLB GMs and scouts on the game’s best prospect and best pitching prospect, and Tyler Glasnow received three of 19 votes in the latter category.
Cardinals prospect Alex Reyes was the runaway winner, getting 15 votes, and one scouting director describes Reyes as being an easy choice. But it’s still heartening that several baseball personnel thought so highly of Glasnow. Obviously, he’s an excellent prospect, but his very high walk totals in both Triple-A and the majors last year concern me, as does the fact that he threw so few changeups in the big leagues. He clearly isn’t yet a finished product, so it’s good that front offices still seem to see his upside as being extremely high.
"He has frontline starter stuff with swing-and-miss ability," said a scouting director of Glasnow, via Mayo. "He's still continuing to get better and will be a dominant No. 1."
In the other category, the only players to receive votes were Andrew Benintendi, Yoan Moncada, Dansby Swanson and Gleyber Torres. Remarkably, three of those four players have been traded in the last 13 months, demonstrating the significant changes in prospect valuation throughout the game. Er, and that Dave Stewart wasn’t very good at his job.