Giolito said James Shields has helped teach him how to utilize his legs more in his delivery, Kelsie Heneghan of MiLB.com reports.
The veteran also showed Giolito how to work on his legs differently in the gym, which could "really help to increase consistency, maybe extension, maybe velocity," according to the prospect. Giolito stumbled a bit Saturday but has been rolling since his seven-inning no-hitter May 25. He struck out 11 on June 5, as well. The right-hander is gaining more momentum for a call-up to the White Sox, who probably want to give him an extended trial in a rebuilding year. Fantasy owners in deeper mixed leagues with a bench spot to spare could stash him.
Giolito gave up one run on five hits and two walks while striking out 11 over six innings Monday for Triple-A Charlotte.
He fell one strikeout short of tying a career best, and his 11 strikeouts were three more than his previous season high of eight back on April 19. Giolito is starting to get on a roll at Triple-A, boasting a 2.57 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 26:9 K:BB over 28 innings in his last five starts. Prior to Monday's start, he had not been missing enough bats to inspire confidence that he could hold his own against major-league hitters, but if he continues to have success, he should get his chance in the big-league rotation sooner than later.
Giolito (2-5) did not allow a hit and walked three in seven innings Thursday for Triple-A Charlotte.
This outing relieves a bit of pressure from Giolito who's made just two quality starts out of nine this season. The 6-foot-6 right-hander, who is the team's fourth-ranked prospect according to RotoWire, had been knocked around this season, having entered Thursday with a 6.41 ERA through eight starts. With some cracks beginning to show in the parent club's rotation, Giolito would be considered as a fill-in starter if he were performing better.
Giolito (0-5) allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits and four walks for Triple-A Charlotte on Monday, JJ Stankevitz of CSN Chicago reports.
Giolito, who has yet to pitch six innings in any of his six starts, has walked 18 batters and sports a 6.75 over 28.1 innings. The right-hander's been working with Knights pitching coach Steve McCatty, trying to repeat his mechanics and release point in an effort to better command his fastball. Until then, if the White Sox are considering calling up a starter from Charlotte, they'll go with Carson Fulmer (2.88 ERA) or Reynaldo Lopez (3.94 ERA).
Giolito, 22, has a 6.43 ERA and 16:9 K:BB through 14 innings for Triple-A Charlotte.
Giolito was a surprise inclusion in the deal for Adam Eaton, but perhaps the Nationals knew something that the rest of us did not. Giolito had a poor spring and has been unable to turn it around thus far. Walks continue to plague him, and he's already given up three home runs in three starts this season. The strikeouts are still there, but Giolito still has plenty of kinks to work out before he can return to the big leagues.
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