Two of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ top three prospects are expected to make their Triple-A debut for the Indianapolis Indians Saturday night at Victory Field. The system’s No. 1 overall farmhand, Tyler Glasnow, is scheduled as the starting pitcher against the Charlotte Knights, while the organization’s third-best prospect, Josh Bell, is slated to play first base against the Tribe’s International League South division foes.
Here’s more info on the star duo:
THE OL’ PROSPECTOR
Tyler Glasnow makes his Triple-A debut ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization and the ninth-best farmhand in all of Minor League Baseball, according to MLB.com … Glasnow, 21, has also taken home honors as the Pirates’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year (2013, 2014), MiLB.com Starting Pitcher of the Year (2014) and Florida State League Pitcher of the Year (2013).
Tyler Glasnow finished the 2013 campaign ranked fourth in all of Minor League Baseball with 164 strikeouts for Lo-A West Virginia, and 2014 ranked first in the Minors with 157 whiffs since that season’s debut with Hi-A Bradenton … The right-hander’s 164 strikeouts in 2013 broke West Virginia’s franchise record by 30 total punchouts.
THE BELL TOLLS…
Josh Bell is also slated for his Triple-A debut and arrives in Indianapolis ranked by MLB.com as the No. 3 prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization and No. 38 overall in Minor League Baseball … The two-time “Best Power Hitter” of the Pirates system was selected 61st overall by Pittsburgh in the 2011 draft, and after spending four seasons in the outfield, is currently in his first full campaign as a first baseman.
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Prior to his promotion to the Indians, Josh Bell hit .307 (113×368) in 96 games for the Double-A Altoona Curve … He ranked tied for first in the Eastern League in triples (6), third in both RBIs (60) and base hits, fifth in total bases (157) and seventh in batting during his Double-A stint.
July 31, 2015 — An action-packed weekend of activities await Indianapolis Indians fans as the Tribe hosts the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) starting July 31 for a three-game Victory Field home stand.
Friday, July 31, 7:15 p.m.
- Special Parking Information: Multiple events will occur near Victory Field that may create traffic congestion: Gen Con inside the Indiana Convention Center, and the One Direction concert at Lucas Oil Stadium. To help ensure a smooth and safe arrival at Victory Field click here for suggested parking options specific to Friday night. We recommend fans plan ahead and arrive downtown earlier than normal.
- Stick around following the game for Friday Fireworks presented by Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance and ALDI.
Saturday, Aug. 1, 7:05 p.m.
- Stand Up To Cancer Night presented by Fifth Third Bank: Fifth Third will donate $100 to SU2C for every strikeout recorded by an Indians pitcher during the game. Fifth Third will also donate $1 for every photo or social media post using the hashtag #howifight. The game also will feature several SU2C giveaways for fans as well as a green screen photo booth and other interactive elements.
- Signature Saturday presented by AT&T: “It giggles at you as it goes by,” described Phil Niekro’s knuckleball. Meet
this MLB Hall of Fame pitcher on Saturday. Indians hitting coach Butch Wynegar, who caught Niekro’s 300th career win, will catch the game’s ceremonial first pitch Read 10 things to know about Niekro, some with the help of his former catcher in the latest edition of Tribe Talk. The first 500 fans to get in the autograph line are assured to receive a Niekro autograph.
- AT&T also presents Bucket Ruckus, the electric entertainment group that will promise to have the ballpark rocking with high-energy fun throughout the entire game.
Sunday, Aug. 2, 1:35 p.m.
- Kids’ lunch is on the Indians with Kids Eat Free Sunday, presented by Meijer and RTV6. Sunday’s game will also broadcast on RTV6. Remember, Knot Hole Kids Club members get to run the bases immediately following Sunday home games. #supercute
ON-FIELD NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
- The Indianapolis Indians enter play on Friday, July 31 with a 60-46 record – second-best in the 14-team International League (Norfolk). The Tribe holds a 1.0 game lead over Columbus (59-47) in the International League West Division. Friday opens a three-game home stand after splitting a four-game series at Columbus, July 27-30.
- On Saturday, Aug. 1, the consensus top prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates system, Tyler Glasnow (GLASS-now), is scheduled to make his highly-anticipated Triple-A debut for the Indians. The right-hander, 21, who stands 6-8, was drafted by Pittsburgh in 2011 and was its Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2013 and 2014, MiLB.com and the Florida State League’s Pitcher of the Year in 2014, and has been selected to three Minor League All-Star teams. At the start of this season,Baseball America ranked Glasnow’s fastball as the best among all Pittsburgh Minor Leaguers. He has 453 strikeouts in 73 appearances as a pro.
- As of the start of play today, the Tribe has 18 remaining regular-season home games and 19 remaining road games.
- Click here to review Indianapolis game notes throughout the season.
Thank you for your ongoing support of Indianapolis Indians baseball!
Fifth Third Bank To Give Back And Create Awareness During SU2C Night at Victory Field
INDIANAPOLIS, July 31, 2015 – Since 2013, Fifth Third Bank has donated more than $4 million to Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a national cancer research organization. On Saturday, Aug. 1, Fifth Third and the Indianapolis Indians will celebrate the success of this partnership and raise additional support at Stand Up To Cancer Night at Victory Field.
As part of Stand Up To Cancer Night, Fifth Third will donate $100 to SU2C for every strikeout recorded by an Indians pitcher during the game. Fifth Third also donated 200 tickets to Riley Hospital for Children for cancer survivors, their families and caregivers, while also inviting a young cancer survivor out to throw a ceremonial first pitch.
“Fifth Third Bank is very proud of the great relationship we’ve formed with Stand Up to Cancer,” said Steven Alonso, president and CEO of Fifth Third, Greater Indiana. “Our Bank has always been focused on creating the greatest impact we can on the communities we serve. We are thrilled to be able to partner with the Indianapolis Indians for Stand Up to Cancer Night at Victory Field to celebrate our continued efforts to fund cancer research and encourage support for this tremendous cause.”
Fans also can get in on the action. Fifth Third will donate $1 for every photo or social media post using the hashtag #howifight. The campaign seeks to inspire people through social media by having users recognize those people or reasons that best represent the importance of supporting cancer research.
The game also will feature several SU2C giveaways for fans as well as a green screen photo booth and other interactive elements.
About Fifth Third Bank
Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Company has $142 billion in assets and operated 15 affiliates with 1,299 full-service Banking Centers, including 101 Bank Mart® locations, most open seven days a week, inside select grocery stores and 2,630 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Investment Advisors. Fifth Third also has a 22.8% interest in Vantiv Holding, LLC. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of June 30, 2015, had $304 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $27 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at www.53.com. Fifth Third’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ® Global Select Market under the symbol “FITB.” Fifth Third Bank was established in 1858. Member FDIC.
On the evening of Friday, July 31, when the Indianapolis Indians host the Charlotte Knights at 7:15 p.m., downtown Indianapolis will be especially vibrant. Multiple events will occur near Victory Field that may create traffic congestion: Gen Con inside the Indiana Convention Center, and the One Direction concert at Lucas Oil Stadium. To help ensure a smooth and safe arrival at Victory Field, below are suggested parking options specific to Friday night. We recommend you plan ahead and arrive downtown earlier than normal. Thank you for your support of Indians baseball and we look forward to seeing you at Victory Field.
High-touted Tyler Glasnow Will Make Triple-A Debut for Indianapolis Indians
INDIANAPOLIS, July 29, 2015 – The consensus top prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates system and MLB.com’s No. 16 overall farmhand Tyler Glasnow (GLASS-now) is scheduled to make his highly-anticipated Triple-A debut for the Indianapolis Indians on Saturday, Aug. 1. The right-hander is slated as the Tribe’s probable starting pitcher at Victory Field against the Charlotte Knights at 7:05 p.m.
Glasnow, 21, was selected by the Pirates in the fifth round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. He was named Pittsburgh’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2013 and 2014, MiLB.com and the Florida State League’s Pitcher of the Year in 2014 and has been selected to three Minor League All-Star teams.
A native of Newhall, California, Glasnow made his professional debut in 2012, splitting time between the GCL Pirates and Short-Season State College Spikes. He then went 9-3 and ranked first in the South Atlantic League and fourth in all of Minor League Baseball with 164 strikeouts with Lo-A West Virginia in 2013, breaking the club’s previous strikeout record by 30 total whiffs.
Glasnow won his second consecutive award as the Pirates’ top Minor League pitcher following a dominant campaign for Hi-A Bradenton in 2014. That season, he led the Minors in opponents’ batting average (.174), ranked third in ERA (1.74), and dating to his debut on April 25, concluded the year with the most strikeouts in MiLB (157) over 23 starts with the Marauders.
At the start of this season, Baseball America ranked Glasnow’s fastball as the best among all Pittsburgh Minor Leaguers. He posted a 5-3 record with a 2.43 ERA during his first action at the Double-A level, and earned a Triple-A promotion to Indianapolis with wins in three of his last four starts and double-digit strikeouts in each of his last two outings.
Overall, Glasnow is 26-15 with a 2.05 ERA and 453 strikeouts over 73 Minor League appearances. He is scheduled to make his Triple-A debut against Charlotte’s right-hander Scott Carroll (4-2, 2.45 ERA)
Glasnow’s older brother, Ted, was a decathlete at Notre Dame in 2014 and is currently training for the Olympics.