Lucas Giolito is arguably the top pitching prospect in baseball, and though he was a little more hittable after his promotion to Double-A last year, the numbers suggest he's going to move quickly. But even though you're sure to hear plenty of whispers about his impending promotion, it's not necessarily in the offing. The leap to Double-A does begin a countdown of sorts, but let's not forget he's only two years removed from Tommy John surgery and hasn't had a chance to accumulate the innings that would allow him to contribute in September. Still, the Nationals aren't as deep in starting pitching as in years past, and if he dominates the upper levels from the get-go, they may not be able to hold out much longer than July. Certainly in NL-only leagues, Giolito is worth a draft-and-stash, but mixed-league owners should wait to hear a few more whispers first.
Giolito will be invited to spring training, MLB.com's William Ladson reports. This really comes as no surprise, as Giolito is either sixth or seventh on the organizational starting pitcher depth chart. He should start the year in Triple-A, but could be summoned when the Nationals have need of a starter. The top pitching prospect in all of baseball, Giolito makes for a great end game target in mixed leagues this year.
Nationals starting pitcher prospect Lucas Giolito has been pretty dominant pitching for Class A Potomac in 2015. He has allowed more than three runs in just two of his 11 starts and has allowed a total of two runs (one earned) in his last five starts. The 6-foot-6, 255-pound right-hander, who is considered a top-10 propsect by Baseball America (No. 7) and MLB.com (No. 6), is 3-4 with a 2.76 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. He hasn't allowed a home run, while totaling 76 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.
Nationals pitching prospect Reynaldo Lopez made his season debut at Class A Potomac on Thursday. He pitched five scoreless innings, throwing 37 of his 54 pitches for strikes. Lopez retired the first eight batters he faced before giving up a hit in the third inning. He struck out three, walked none and gave up just two hits in the 2-1 victory. Fellow prospect Lucas Giolito is expected to make his debut for Class A on Friday, MASNSports.com reports. Giolito and Lopez are rated the Nationals' No. 1 and No. 3 prospects respectively, according to Baseball America.
The Nationals will promote top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito to Class A Potomac this week, a highly-ranking club official has confirmed, according to MASNSports.com. Giolito was drafted by the Nationals in the first round (16th overall) in 2012. In 2014, the right-hander logged 98 innings for low Class A Hagerstown, and dazzled with a 2.20 ERA and 110 strikeouts. Giolito is currently ranked the 7th best prospect in the game according to Baseball America, and No. 6 by MLB.com and Baseball Prospectus. He had been working at the team's training facility in Viera, Fla. for the first month of the season, and could start as early as Wednesday for the P-Nats.
Nationals pitching prospect Lucas Giolito missed Saturday's start due to a team-imposed innings limit, according to MLB.com. Giolito is coming off Tommy John surgery, and the Nationals want to make sure he doesn't throw too many innings. He's considered the club's top prospect, and is one of the best pitching prospects in the game despite his inexperience. Giolito has posted a 2.51 ERA in 32 1/3 innings.
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