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Lucas Giolito | Starting Pitcher | #44

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (22) / 7/14/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 257
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (16) / WAS
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White Sox acquired RHP Lucas Giolito, RHP Reynaldo Lopez, and RHP Dane Dunning from the Nationals for OF Adam Eaton.
Giolito's prospect stock has somewhat cratered over the last year, but he's still very much the centerpiece of this deal and represents a big-time upgrade to the White Sox farm system -- what might suddenly be considered the top farm system in baseball. Giolito struggled in his first taste of the majors in 2016 and figures to open the 2017 season in the minors, but we'll see him on the south side of Chicago soon enough. And the tremendous upside isn't gone yet. Lopez and Dunning are also top-flight young right-handers. It's another huge haul for White Sox GM Rick Hahn. Dec 7 - 6:02 PM

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Lucas Giolito "is a name in the mix" in trade talks between the Nationals and White Sox involving Chris Sale.

It appears that the Nationals might be shifting their attention more to Sale than Andrew McCutchen, although they seem to still be in active discussions for both. Giolito entered last season as arguably the top pitching prospect in baseball, but he disappointed in his first go-round in the majors and wasn't as dominant as hoped in the minors, either. Still, he's only 22 and his ceiling remains sky-high. In addition to Giolito, the Nats would figure to have to part with at least one additional high-end prospect in order to land Sale.
Dec 5 - 4:35 PM

Nationals recalled RHP Lucas Giolito from Triple-A Syracuse.

Giolito allowed four runs over five innings last Sunday in a loss to the Rockies and owns a rough 5.62 ERA over his first four starts at the major league level. He remains one of the top prospects in baseball, but the 22-year-old right-hander might not be able to offer much fantasy value down the stretch. His diminished fastball velocity is a real concern.
Sep 6 - 4:03 PM

Nationals optioned RHP Lucas Giolito to Triple-A Syracuse.

Giolito yielded four runs over five innings Sunday in a loss to the Rockies while showing diminished fastball velocity. He now has a 5.62 ERA in 16 innings (four starts) this year at the major league level, but the Nats will likely bring him back after Syracuse's season ends. The 22-year-old right-hander remains one of the top pitching prospects in baseball.
Aug 29 - 2:36 PM

Lucas Giolito was victimized by the long ball in Sunday's loss to the Rockies, yielding a pair of dingers and four total runs over five innings.

Giolito surrendered two homers in a three-run third inning, with Nolan Arenado striking for a two-run shot and David Dahl making it back-to-back dingers with a solo tater of his own. The 22-year-old right-hander has now surrendered four runs (on the nose) in three of his first four major league starts. The Nationals have yet to commit to another start for Giolito, but even if he does see another opportunity, he holds no fantasy value at this juncture of his young career.
Aug 28 - 6:12 PM

Nationals recalled RHP Lucas Giolito from Triple-A Syracuse.

Giolito will start on Sunday versus the Rockies. He's posted a 4.91 ERA and 5/9 K/BB ratio over 11 innings with the big club this season, making him a risky streaming option. Giolito has pitched well of late for Syracuse with just two runs allowed over his last 14 frames. He's not guaranteed another start beyond Sunday's.
Aug 28 - 10:42 AM

Lucas Giolito will start Sunday against the Rockies.

As expected. The Nats needed someone to fill in for Reynaldo Lopez, who was just sent down to the minor leagues. Giloito's first stint in the majors didn't go as well as hoped but the right-hander still boasts impressive velocity and a devastating curve ball. There's no guarantee Giolito will get more than a turn or two with Joe Ross (shoulder) and Stephen Strasburg (elbow) both on the comeback trail.
Aug 27 - 6:52 PM

Lucas Giolito is expected to start Sunday against the Rockies.

He'll take over for Reynaldo Lopez, who was dropped from the rotation and sent down to the minor leagues on Thursday. Giolito might not be long for the rotation with Stephen Strasburg (elbow) and Joe Ross (shoulder) both close to returning, but with rosters expanding soon, the Nats can afford to keep him around as a reliever. The right-hander made three starts for Washington last month but was sent down to work on his control after allowing nine walks in only 11 innings of work.
Aug 25 - 6:53 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Nationals are willing to trade Lucas Giolito for Andrew Miller straight up.

However, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says that the Yankees would not do a Miller-for-Giolito one-for-one deal. Giolito's three starts for the Nats have been up and down, but he's still viewed as one of the best pitching prospects in the game and the Yankees would have control of him for many years. Still, it sounds like they'd want even more for Miller, who is owed $9 million in 2017 and 2018.
Jul 29 - 1:49 PM

Nationals optioned RHP Lucas Giolito to Triple-A Syracuse.

Giolito allowed four runs -- two earned -- over 3 1/3 innings Sunday in the Nationals' loss to the Padres. It was his third career start at the major league level. Joe Ross (shoulder) could be activated to fill the rotation vacancy later this week. Or maybe the Nats will try Reynaldo Lopez again.
Jul 24 - 6:41 PM

Lucas Giolito allowed four runs -- two earned -- over 3 1/3 innings Sunday in the Nationals' loss to the Padres.

Giolito escaped with a no-decision because the Padres didn't grab the lead for good until the top of the ninth inning, when they plated four runs against Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon. Giolito walked three and gave up four hits while recording zero strikeouts. He might be headed right back to the minor leagues with Joe Ross (shoulder) making swift progress in his rehab.
Jul 24 - 5:11 PM

Nationals recalled RHP Lucas Giolito from Triple-A Syracuse.

Giolito will rejoin the Nats' rotation on Sunday against the Padres. He's been up and down in his two starts with the big club and probably isn't guaranteed anything beyond Sunday with Joe Ross (shoulder) due back soon. However, Giolito certainly makes for an interesting streaming option against San Diego.
Jul 24 - 10:47 AM

Lucas Giolito will return to the majors to start Sunday at home against the Padres.

It's a nice matchup for a talented pitcher, but it will likely be a spot start with Joe Ross (shoulder) nearing his return. Giolito allowed four earned runs in 7 2/3 innings (two starts) three weeks ago with Washington. Those were his first two MLB outings. Maybe he can force the Nationals to keep him on the major league roster if he dominates on Sunday.
Source: MASN
Jul 23 - 5:33 PM

Lucas Giolito allowed just one unearned run over 6 2/3 innings Tuesday in a start for Triple-A Syracuse.

He scattered seven hits and two walks over his 6 2/3 frames, striking out seven. 70 of his 104 pitches went for strikes. This was actually the Triple-A debut for Giolito, who jumped from Double-A Harrisburg directly to Washington last month for his first MLB start. He should get another shot with the Nats within the next few weeks.
Jul 19 - 8:38 PM

Nationals RHP prospect Lucas Giolito allowed six hits and four runs over seven innings for Low-A Hagerstown Tuesday in his return to the minor leagues.

He finished with four strikeouts and didn't allow a walk in the no-decision. Triple-A Syracuse is on All-Star break this week, so the Nats sent Giolito to Hagerstown to keep him on his normal throwing schedule. It's possible Giolito could return to the major leagues when the Nationals need a fifth starter on July 23. Giolito posted a 4.70 ERA in two starts for Washington before being sent down before the All-Star break.
Jul 13 - 12:34 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Omar Narvaez
2Kevan Smith
1B1Jose Abreu
2B1Brett Lawrie
2Carlos Sanchez
3Leury Garcia
SS1Tim Anderson
2Tyler Saladino
3B1Todd Frazier
2Yoan Moncada
LF1Melky Cabrera
2Jason Coats
CF1Charlie Tilson
2Adam Engel
3Jacob May
RF1Avisail Garcia
2Rymer Liriano
DH1Matt Davidson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jose Quintana
2James Shields
3Carlos Rodon
4Miguel Gonzalez
5Reynaldo Lopez
6Lucas Giolito
7Dylan Covey
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1David Robertson
2Nate Jones
3Zach Putnam
4Michael Ynoa
5Jake Petricka
6Dan Jennings
7Tommy Kahnle
8Chris Beck
9Juan Minaya
10Giovanni Soto
11Brad Goldberg