6'4" 220 lbs DOB: 10/24/1990
Bats: Right | Throws: Right
Acquired: 2009, 3rd Round
The top Rays draft pick from 2009 to sign, Glaesmann received a $930,000 bonus to headline an '09 high school hitting crop that included Luke Bailey and Jeff Malm. The infusion of bats into the system was welcome, but the returns so far have been anything but promising.
Glaesmann was assigned to Princeton where he hit a meager .233/.297/.398 in 62 games, primarily as a centerfielder. The poor showing tempered some enthusiasm, but there's still a lot to like. He's big, at 6-4/220, and arguably has the best power potential in the system among those who have played (in other words, the non-Josh Sale division). He showed his massive power tool off on July 22, when he hit two home runs and a triple. He added another homer the next day. Unfortunately, he hit just one more all season.
Despite his size, he's among the more athletic in the system. He stole 13 bases for the P-Rays, and while he won't become a big stolen base threat, nor will he remain in center field, he should remain an asset both on the basepaths in the field. Right field, more specifically, where he can show his plus arm.
Glaesmann's approach clearly needs work. He struck out 70 times in 2010 while drawing only 13 walks. His high strikeout total represents not just his tendency to chase pitches, but also his lack of consistent contact within the zone. Becoming more selective would allow him to better get his bat on the ball, which will be important for making his power tool usable. After all, if his power turns into a plus tool but he's not making enough contact, well, then he's Joel Guzman.
Glaesmann has a considerably high ceiling but also a low floor. He'll need to start making the necessary adjustments in 2011, and despite the struggles in Princeton, he could get a full season's worth of at bats in Bowling Green to make it happen. If not, he'll stay back in extended spring training and get the bump to Hudson Valley in the summer.