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Lucas Giolito | Starting Pitcher

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (19) / 7/14/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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

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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

Nationals pitching prospect Lucas Giolito allowed two hits and two walks with five strikeouts over five scoreless innings on Tuesday for the GCL Nationals.

Giolito underwent Tommy John surgery last August after the Nationals selected him with the No. 16 overall pick in the draft. The 19-year-old has been eased back into action in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League, where he's registered a 2.78 ERA and 25/10 K/BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings (eight starts). The right-hander has been especially sharp as of late, posting a 0.64 ERA and 14/3 K/BB ratio over his last 14 innings. Giolito has one of the higher ceilings among pitching prospects in the low minors, but remains several years away from contributing in the major leagues.
Wed, Aug 14, 2013 01:14:00 PM

Lucas Giolito (elbow) lasted just one-third of an inning Wednesday for the GCL Nationals in his first start since Tommy John surgery.

Giolito allowed two runs (one earned) on one hit and two walks while striking out one. Struggles aren't unusual after Tommy John surgery and the Nationals won't take the results too seriously as long as he's feeling good. Giolito doesn't turn 19 until later this month and possesses immense long-term upside.
Wed, Jul 3, 2013 02:41:00 PM

Nationals prospect Lucas Giolito (elbow) is expected to start Wednesday for the team's Gulf Coast League affiliate.

It will be the right-hander's first start since undergoing Tommy John surgery last August. Giolito doesn't turn 19 years old until later this month.
Tue, Jul 2, 2013 03:18:00 PM

Nationals prospect right-hander Lucas Giolito (elbow) has thrown three bullpen sessions.

Giolito, who had Tommy John surgery last August, threw 25 pitches in his first bullpen session last week and 30 in his last two. "Really good," said last year's No. 16 overall pick. "My arm feels great." Giolito hopes to pitch in the Gulf Coast League later this year, though it's too soon to say for sure. Either way, the 18-year-old still has a very promising future.
Wed, May 1, 2013 03:42:00 PM

Nationals pitching prospect Lucas Giolito (elbow) has been throwing from 90 feet on flat ground.

Giolito underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last August and will miss the majority of the 2013 season. The 18-year-old right-hander was selected 16th overall in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft and should climb quickly through the Nats' farm system once he has his health. He's a serious talent.
Mon, Mar 4, 2013 02:53:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Adam LaRoche
2B1Anthony Rendon
2Danny Espinosa
SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Ryan Zimmerman
LF1Bryce Harper
2Kevin Frandsen
3Eury Perez
CF1Denard Span
2Nate McLouth
RF1Jayson Werth
2Scott Hairston
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PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Gio Gonzalez
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Tanner Roark
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Rafael Soriano
2Tyler Clippard
3Drew Storen
4Craig Stammen
5Jerry Blevins
6Ross Detwiler
7Aaron Barrett
8Xavier Cedeno
9Ross Ohlendorf
10Erik Davis