Lefty from Auburn shows control on the mound like his father in the Florida Complex League …
WASHINGTON – It is early and there is not much data to go on.
But the pro debut of Peyton Glavine, 22, has gone well in the Florida Complex League.
The lefty pitcher and son of Hall of Famer Tom Glavine walked just one batter in his first 6.1 innings on the mound.
In five games out of the bullpen, the Auburn product had an ERA of 1.42 and a WHIP of 0.47 with nine strikeouts.
“Glavine is as advertised,” FCL manager Jake Lowery wrote to Federal Baseball on Wednesday. “Comes in and throws strikes, attacks the zone.”
The younger Glavine was signed as a non-drafted free agent out of Auburn in July by Washington.
“He has a Glavine-esque changeup with command of it in any count,” noted Lowery, a former catcher at James Madison University and in the Washington farm system.
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Glavine became the seventh member of the Auburn team at the time to sign a pro deal in 2021.
Tom Glavine pitched in the majors from 1987 to 2008 and won 305 games.
Peyton is the nephew of Mike Glavine, who played at Northeastern in college and in six games with the Mets in 2003 as a first baseman and pinch-hitter.
Peyton Glavine was drafted in the 37th round by the Angels in 2020, but didn’t sign. Now he’s part of the Nationals’ organization, along with another prospect of a well-known one-time major leaguer (and manager in D.C.).
“It’s actually pretty awesome,” Nats’ skipper Davey Martinez said of the Nationals signing Glavine this year.
“We have Dusty [Baker’s son Darren] as well in our organization. I talked to him on the phone, I remember him when he was a baby.
“It’s fun to see these kids follow in their dad’s footsteps.”
Martinez was asked about facing Peyton’s father’s changeup during their playing days.
“It was really good, I swung and missed quite a few times on it … I did hit a couple though too,” he said.