Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington does not want to rush the organization's top two pitching prospects, Tyler Glasnow and Jameson Taillon, to the majors this season.
But Huntington also acknowledged that Glasnow and Taillon "probably" will be in a Pirates uniform at some point this season.
"In a perfect world, they have a full year in Triple-A," Huntington told reporters Sunday. "It's probably not going to be a perfect world."
Pirates starting pitchers have combined for a 4.27 ERA this season, this sixth-highest in the National League.
Ace Gerrit Cole has a 2.79 ERA, but Pittsburgh's other four starters all have ERAs of at least 4.46, prompting speculation that the Pirates could bolster their rotation by promoting either Glasnow or Taillon from the minors.
Glasnow, 22, has a 2.16 ERA in nine starts at Triple-A Indianapolis this season and leads the International League with 63 strikeouts in just 50 innings. The 6-foot-8 right-hander was recently ranked by ESPN's Keith Law as the No. 6 overall prospect in baseball.
Taillon, the No. 2 overall draft pick in 2010, is pitching in the minors for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2014. The 6-foot-5 right-hander has been outstanding in his return, posting a 1.82 ERA in eight starts.
Although Glasnow and Taillon are dominating at Triple-A, Huntington said their continued development in the minors will help the pitchers "adjust quicker" to the majors.
"We'd love to give our guys more experience in Triple-A than we have in the past," Huntington said. "I think the results when we're able to give guys a significant amount of experience in Triple-A shows. They make an easier transition, they tend to be able to adjust quicker at the major league level."
Huntington also addressed the idea that the Pirates could use Glasnow, Taillon or fellow prospect Chad Kuhl, who leads the International League with a 0.99 ERA through eight starts, as help for their beleaguered bullpen, which has the NL's third-worst combined ERA at 4.33.
"We're not opposed to it, but on a case-by-case basis there are some things that we're still accomplishing with our young minor league starters," Huntington said.