Lucas Giolito

SP / Washington Nationals / EXP: 0YRS / MINORS Height: 6-6 Weight: 255 lb Age: 21 College: None Bats/Throws R/R

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      Nationals' Lucas Giolito: Invited to spring training

      Giolito will be invited to spring training,'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.

    • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

      Nationals SP Lucas Giolito pitching like a top-10 prospect

      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 (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.

    • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

      Nationals prospect Reynaldo Lopez makes debut at Class A

      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, reports. Giolito and Lopez are rated the Nationals' No. 1 and No. 3 prospects respectively, according to Baseball America.

    • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

      Report: Nationals P Giolito to be promoted to Class A this week

      The Nationals will promote top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito to Class A Potomac this week, a highly-ranking club official has confirmed, according to 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 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.

    • by Chris Cwik |

      Lucas Giolito on an innings limit

      Nationals pitching prospect Lucas Giolito missed Saturday's start due to a team-imposed innings limit, according to 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.

    • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

      Lucas Giolito 'ready to get going'

      Nationals starting pitcher prospect Lucas Giolito said it feels great to be healthy and feeling strong 18 months removed from Tommy John surgery. "It's the best feeling in the world," Giolito said, per "I'm ready to go, I'm ready to get going. It's just great that I was able to persevere through everything. I never had a setback. So it's great." Prior to getting hurt, Giolito's fastball and curveball were always considered plus-plus pitches. After the surgery, he's developed a third pitch -- changeup -- for his repertoire that could make him even better. "It just comes out of my hand feeling a lot better and a lot different," Gioltio said. "I really don't know (why). It's just one of those weird, quirky things that happens for some guys that get surgery. I know sometimes a pitch will feel different. But especially for the changeup, I have a lot better feel for it after the surgery. "I was healthy before the surgery, obviously, in high school, and the changeup was kind of a work-in-progress thing. Now, it just feels like a lot more solid pitch."

    • by Chris Cwik |

      Lucas Giolito gets high praise

      Nationals pitching prospect Lucas Giolito got some high praise from pitching coordinator Spin Williams, according to MASN. Giolito ranked as the team's top prospect according to Baseball America, and there's good reason for the ranking. Giolito was considered to be the top pick in the 2012 draft until arm issues dropped him to the Nationals at 16. Teams were worried Giolito would need Tommy John surgery, and chose to let him fall. While Giolito did undergo the procedure, he's flashed elite skills since his return. His stuff has graded so well that Williams said Giolito's curveball was the best he had ever seen by a prospect. Williams has worked in baseball since 1979, so that's high praise. Giolito is coming into his first full season after surgery, and is not expected to move too quickly through the organization this year.

    • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

      Lucas Giolito to start out in low Class A

      The Nationals intend to start pitching prospect Lucas Giolito at low Class A Hagerstown in 2014, according to It will be Giolito's first full season since returning from Tommy John surgery and the Nationals want him to build up innings. Giolito was able to get 11 abbreviated starts under his belt last season after returning from the elbow surgery in 2012. The right-hander was 2-1 with a 1.96 ERA and 1.15 WHIP between the Gulf Coast League Nationals (rookie) and Auburn (low Class A). He also struck out 39 in 36 2/3 innings. The 2012 first-round pick will be reunited with Hagerstown manager Patrick Anderson, who was with the GCL Nationals last season. "He is special," Anderson said. "He was at 93 to 100 mph. He hit 100 mph multiple times. And it was pretty free and easy coming out of his hand. Breaking ball is a plus pitch. He developed a changeup. He did a good job during the instructional league. He was really good. He got moved up."

    • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

      Lucas Giolito progresses to Class A Auburn

      The Nationals promoted 2012 first-round pick Lucas Giolito from the Gulf Coast League to low Class A Auburn. Giolito, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, was 1-1 with a 2.78 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in eight starts in the GCL.

    • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

      Lucas Giolito focused on fastball location

      Nationals starting pitcher prospect Lucas Giolito is experiencing great results since coming off Tommy John surgery. The 2012 first-round pick is 1-0 with a 0.64 ERA in three August starts for the GCL Nationals (rookie) and is 1-1 with a 2.78 ERA in eight starts since returning from elbow surgery. Giolito said he's throwing his fastball in the low to mid-90s, per "The fastball location is probably on the forefront, one of the first things to start coming back the way I really want it to," he said. "Like being able to throw a first-pitch strike and throw it to the location I want to. "The velocity is coming back pretty strong. I think I was actually throwing a little bit harder my first few games and am now settling into a more comfortable velocity that I don't really need to like go out and throw 99 to 100 mph. I am more focused with getting ahead of batters and getting quick outs."

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