PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Ronnie Glenn enjoyed a stellar career on the mound at the University of Pennsylvania.
The left-hander really found his groove during his final two seasons with the Quakers, going 9-5 as a junior and senior with six complete games and a 3.29 ERA.
That success caught the eye of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who drafted him in the 22nd round of the 2015 MLB Draft.
In this his first full-season of pro ball, the 22-year-old Glenn is in Burlington, Iowa, pitching for the Angels’ Single-A team, the Burlington Bees, and having a lot of fun.
“Always working on things,” Glenn tells KYW Newsradio. “Great opportunity to develop this year. They have me as a starting pitcher right now, which is great to get the innings in. I’m just doing my best to try to stay healthy and get every start in and be able to keep improving.”
Listen to the entire interview with Penn product Ronnie Glenn
Glenn spent most of his first two years at Penn coming out of the bullpen before focusing on starting his final two years. Last year, after he was drafted, he worked exclusively as a reliever in the Rookie Pioneer League before being plugged into the rotation here in 2016. He says any role is fine with him.
“If I can show them I can be a versatile pitcher, hopefully I can have options down the road,” Glenn says. “I just enjoy competing so however way that works and however way we can win, that’s what I enjoy.”
Glenn says he is featuring four pitches these days: two-seam fastball, change-up, curveball and a slider. He is 1-3 this season for the Bees with a 4.50 ERA in eight starts. Last year, for the Orem Owlz in the Rookie Pioneer League, he went 6-1 in 23 relief appearances with a 3.73 ERA.
Glenn talks about how his time at Penn helped prepare him for the pros.
“I had a great pitching coach, Josh Schwartz,” Glenn says. “He did a great job with me. Did a good job understanding the mental game, being able to read the swings and patterns of hitters and understanding how to make quick adjustments.”
Burlington wraps up a road series against Clinton tonight.