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Lucas Giolito | Starting Pitcher

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (20) / 7/14/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Nationals top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito has been shut down for the rest of the 2014 season.
The Nats didn't want to put too much stress on the highly-touted 20-year-old in his first season back from Tommy John elbow surgery. Giolito, the 16th overall pick in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft, registered a 2.20 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 110/28 K/BB ratio in 98 innings (20) starts this season for Low-A Hagerstown. He could reach the majors by 2016. Aug 23 - 4:13 PM

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Nationals right-handed pitching prospect Lucas Giolito struck out five while scattering seven hits (all singles) over five innings, allowing one run for Low-A Hagerstown on Saturday.

Hitters are having their best month off Giolito in August, putting up a .276/.300/.328 line, which has brought their season line up to .197/.256/.298. Giolito has more strikeouts (110) than baserunners allowed (99, 70 hits, 28 walks, 1 hit batsman). He has also picked up the win in his last six starts, as well as eight of his last nine. In short, he is merely logging innings in the South Atlantic League in order to set him up for 2015 and beyond. Giolito is the best prospect in the Nationals system, and has an argument that he is the best pitching prospect in all of baseball.
Aug 17 - 12:34 PM

Nationals right-handed pitching prospect Lucas Giolito struck out six over five shutout innings for Low-A Hagerstown on Monday, scattering two hits and two walks.

Giolito has held hitters to a .188/.252/.296 line while putting up a 10.2 K/9 in 2014. He is too good for the hitters in the Low-A South Atlantic League, and is likely only still there because of the Nationals development plan for him. He should go to High-A Potomac for 2015, and could be in Washington during the 2017 season.
Aug 12 - 11:25 AM

Nationals right-handed pitching prospect tossed six shutout innings for Low-A Hagerstown on Friday, striking out seven batters while allowing one hit.

Giolito's dominating performance intimidated the weak Kannapolis lineup, giving him what was likely his best start of the season. The first batter of the game picked up an infield single, then Giolito got the next 18 batters out. Giolito is making a strong case that he is the top pitching prospect in the minor leagues, and his healthy and dominant 2014 has been a great sign.
Jul 26 - 10:12 AM

Nationals right-handed pitching prospect Lucas Giolito struck out nine batters over 5 1/3 innings, scattering four hits and one walk while allowing two runs for Low-A Hagerstown on Saturday.

Giolito threw 58 of his 87 pitches for strikes (66.7 percent) and his dominance stopped Orioles catching prospect Chance Sisco's 18-game hitting streak with an 0-for-4 performance. Giolito has primarily employed his mid-90s fastball to stymie hitters, holding them to a .196/.268/.323 line for the season, with 10.3 K/9 over 71 innings. His innings cap is somewhere between 80 and 90, and he is likely to have a few starts skipped before the minor league season comes to close at the end of August.
Jul 20 - 10:47 AM

Nationals prospect Lucas Giolito tossed seven innings for Low-A Hagerstown on Wednesday, scattering four hits, allowing one run while striking out five.

Giolito yielded one single, one double, one triple, and one home run. This was the deepest into a game that he has pitched in his professional career. He is holding opposing batters to a .180/.253/.315 line. The Nationals front office is going very slowly with Giolito, but he may be promoted to High-A Potomac later this summer in order to see how he fares against better hitters.
Jul 3 - 11:57 AM

Nationals prospect RHP Lucas Giolito was dominant on Thursday for Low-A Hagerstown, allowing three hits over six scoreless innings while striking out nine batters.

One of the more highly touted pitching prospects in the major leagues, Giolito, 19, has been an absolute beast this season for Hagerstown, posting a 2.30 ERA and 61-21 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 52 2/3 innings over 12 starts. He's also held opposing hitters to a paltry .182 batting average. The organization is limiting his workload this year in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery, but it's hard to see him spending much more time in the South Atlantic League.
Jun 27 - 2:26 PM

Nationals right-handed pitching prospect Lucas Giolito threw a four-inning no-hitter for Low-A Hagerstown on Monday, walking three and striking out six.

Giolito's outing went four innings because he is on a strict pitch count. He has dominated the Low-A South Atlantic League, holding opposing batters to a .177/.269/.270 season line while striking out 29.4% of the batters he has faced. He threw 36 2/3 innings in 2013 after his return from Tommy John surgery, so he is likely limited to somewhere around 80 innings for 2014.
Jun 10 - 9:21 AM

Nationals prospect Lucas Giolito hasn't pitched since May 11 because he is on a strict innings limit.

The Nats are treating Giolito -- who projects as a potential front-line starter -- with extra care. He underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in 2012 and only threw 36 2/3 innings last summer when he returned. The 19-year-old right-hander is already up to 32 1/3 frames this season at High-A Hagerstown.
May 29 - 11:01 AM

Nationals prospect RHP Lucas Giolito allowed one hit in six scoreless innings on Sunday for Low-A Hagerstown.

He struck out a season-high seven batters in the outing compared to one walk. Giolito, 19, has been dominant in the early stages of his full-season debut, as he owns a 2.51 ERA, .186 BAA and 36/14 strikeout-to-walk ratio through 32 1/3 innings (seven starts). The right-hander is viewed as one of the sport's top pitching prospects, so he's doing what he should be doing against South Atlantic League batters. Giolito is simply too good to remain at the level much longer, though it will be interesting to see how the Nationals handle his development this year in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery.
May 12 - 11:15 AM

Nationals right-handed pitching prospect Lucas Giolito struck out six batters in five shutout innings for Low-A Hagerstown on Wednesday night.

Giolito allowed two hits, walked two batters, and induced one doubleplay ball. He was matched up against Orioles pitching prospect Hunter Harvey, who could be his opponent in Battle of the Beltways for years to come. Giolito featured a fastball that sat between 92-94 mph with his 81-84 mph change-up that has great arm-side fade and vertical drop. Giolito has 15 strikeouts through 13 innings, and has allowed only four runs (three earned), nine hits, and four walks. The Nationals will continue to keep Giolito's pitch counts in check as he recovers from Tommy John surgery, so it is doubtful that he will rack up substantial innings in 2014.
Apr 17 - 10:20 AM

Nationals prospect RHP Lucas Giolito was at his best in Thursday's start for Low-A Hagerstown, allowing just one hit and a walk with six strikeouts in five scoreless innings.

Giolito, the No. 16 overall pick in the 2012 draft, missed most of last season recovering from Tommy John surgery, but returned late in the summer to post a 1.96 ERA and 39/14 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 36 2/3 innings between the Gulf Coast League and Short-Season Auburn. The 19-year-old is considered one of the top pitching prospects in baseball, and his outing Thursday offered a glimpse of the right-hander's insanely bright future. Through two starts this season, Giolito owns a 3.38 ERA with nine strikeouts in eight innings.
Apr 11 - 3:11 PM

Nationals right-handed pitching prospect Lucas Giolito was assigned to Low-A Hagerstown.

Despite missing nearly a full season after Tommy John surgery, the 19-year old Giolito will still be one of the youngest players in the South Atlantic League. He only pitched 36 2/3 innings in 2013, so look for the Nationals to limit his innings to prevent future injury. Giolito has the upside of a future ace.
Source: The Journal
Apr 3 - 12:10 PM

Nationals prospect Lucas Giolito admitted this week that he feels stronger now than he did before his Tommy John surgery.

The 19-year-old right-hander underwent the procedure in August of 2012 and has been rehabbing and recovering ever since. He returned late in the 2013 season to compile a stellar 1.96 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 39/14 K/BB ratio over 36 2/3 innings in Rookie and Low-A ball. He's one of the most talented arms in all of the minor leagues and is certainly a name to keep an eye on in keeper and dynasty league formats.
Source: MILB.com
Feb 2 - 4:32 PM

Nationals pitching prospect Lucas Giolito finished his 2013 season on a high note, posting a 1-0 record, 0.64 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 14/4 K/BB ratio in three starts (14 IP) with Low-A Auburn.

Giolito was slowly eased back into action this season after undergoing Tommy John surgery last August, but really came on strong in the season's final couple weeks. The 19-year-old right-hander and 16th overall selection from the 2012 draft is likely two years away from making an impact at the major league level, but possesses extremely high upside.
Wed, Sep 11, 2013 12:09:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
3Sandy Leon
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Tyler Moore
2B1Danny Espinosa
2Jeff Kobernus
3Wilmer Difo
SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Bryce Harper
2Kevin Frandsen
CF1Denard Span
2Michael Taylor
3Nate McLouth
4Brian Goodwin
RF1Jayson Werth
2Scott Hairston
3Nate Schierholtz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Gio Gonzalez
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Tanner Roark
6Taylor Hill
7Taylor Jordan
8A.J. Cole
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Drew Storen
2Tyler Clippard
3Craig Stammen
4Jerry Blevins
5Matt Thornton
6Aaron Barrett
7Xavier Cedeno
8Erik Davis
9Blake Treinen
10Matt Grace
11Bruce Billings
12Heath Bell