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Tyler Glasnow named 5th starter

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MLB: Washington Nationals at Pittsburgh Pirates Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

According to Stephen Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the Pirates revealed a few roster decisions following Friday night’s exhibition game in Montreal.

The most notable of those being the team’s decision to name Tyler Glasnow the fifth starter over Trevor Williams. While it wasn’t a flawless spring for Glasnow, who at times struggled with both efficiency and control, his growth and vast potential provided the team with enough confidence to let him hone his craft at the major league level. Clint Hurdle elaborated on that reasoning,

“There's going to be some growing pains along the way, however, what he can bring to the table and how that can play out there is a ceiling there that is significant. And we need to help that development, and I think we all believe that the best opportunity for development is at this level now, and the challenge there to be an integral part of a rotation and to know the importance of getting innings and learning at this level.

Meanwhile, Glasnow’s fellow rotation candidate, Trevor Williams, will remain with the big league squad as a right handed long reliever after posting a 2.04 ERA with eighteen strikeouts in just under eighteen innings this spring.

As far as the bullpen is concerned, the team elected to round out the pen with Wade Lebanc over the Rule 5 draftee, Tyler Webb. It was a pleasantly surprising spring performance for the latter, but ultimately, the presence of one young long reliever, Williams, already on the roster played a major role in the team’s choice to roll with the more experienced Lebanc. Webb will be placed on waivers and eventually returned to the Yankee should he not be claimed by another team.