Dodgers Confident In Tyler Glasnow’s Ability To Stay Healthy

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The Los Angeles Dodgers addressed the front-end of their starting rotation early on in the offseason by trading for and extending Tyler Glasnow on a five-year, $136.5 million contract.

The Santa Clarita native chose to sign long-term because he’s comfortable in the city while also being with an organization that gives him a chance to succeed. Glasnow noted that the deal was a ‘no brainer‘, keeping him with the Dodgers for a handful of years.

Glasnow’s status as a high-end starting pitcher comes with a degree of risk, however. His injury history is an ongoing topic when referencing his projected returns.

But the Dodgers and president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman believes Glasnow is in a good place where his health won’t be an overwhelming risk, Jack Harris of the L.A. Times:

“We feel like the arrow is really pointing up and that, over the next few years, he is really going to take on a lot of starts,” Friedman said of Glasnow last week. “The work ethic is there. We spent a lot of time digging into that. And that’s a bet we’re making.”

Glasnow has begun throwing live batting practice to Dodgers hitters, namely Mookie Betts, whom he struck out on a devastating breaking ball.

Also, when referring to his medical history, some variation in what actually occurred impacts the perception of his injuries:

“I think sometimes with medical histories, there’s usually breadcrumbs of what was going on, what happened,” Dodgers pitching coach Mark Prior said. “I think, in his situation, it sounds like there was some stuff that always persistently lingered.”

Friedman added that Glasnow’s drive to stay healthy and prepare himself also adds to the organization’s confidence in him. In his first season with the Dodgers, the right-hander is on track to be a huge piece to their overall equation:

“The body, the work ethic, the stuff we feel like is going to hold up,” Friedman added. “He’s going to be a big part of what we do.”

The Dodgers currently have a solid amount of depth and quality in their rotation. Of course, injuries happen, and there’s no guarantee every starter on the roster goes on without a hitch.

But a clean Spring Training is a good place to start heading into the Dodgers’ regular season campaign.

What to expect from Tyler Glasnow during the upcoming season

Glasnow possesses all the qualities necessary to be an ace in any rotation across Major League Baseball, which is a huge addition to the Dodgers’ starting staff.

The big right-hander rides a high-octane pitch mix that can blow hitters away while limiting damage in bunches due to his whiff ability. Among starters who have logged 300 or more innings since the start of the 2019 season, he ranks near the top in numerous categories.

He ranks second in strikeouts per nine innings (12.5), third in batting average allowed (.194) and second in FIP (2.89) among all qualified arms.

Alongside Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Bobby Miller and the rest of the starting rotation, Glasnow has the pedigree and talent necessary to carry the group.

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