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Lucas Giolito | Starting Pitcher | #27

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 optioned RHP Lucas Giolito to Triple-A Charlotte.
Giolito put up a 5.59 ERA with six strikeouts over 9 2/3 frames for the White Sox this spring. The top prospect has some things to work on before getting another shot in the majors, but the upside remains sky-high and he should be in the White Sox' rotation at some point in 2017. Mar 21 - 4:47 PM

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Lucas Giolito failed to make it out of the first inning in his Cactus League start Tuesday versus the Mariners.

Giolito allowed three straight singles to open the game and walked in a run with a base-on-balls to free-swinging Mariners catcher Mike Zunino. It didn't get any prettier from there. The young right-hander ranks as one of the top overall prospects in baseball, but he is ticketed for Triple-A Charlotte to open the 2017 season.
Mar 14 - 6:13 PM

Lucas Giolito gave up one run on three hits over four innings of work in a 4-2 victory over the Diamondbacks on Thursday.

He now has a 2.00 ERA in nine spring innings. He notched only one strikeout today after garnering five in his first five innings. Right now he is on the outside looking in at the White Sox starting rotation. The elite prospect will likely begin the season at Triple-A waiting for a veteran starter to falter or get hurt.
Mar 9 - 7:18 PM

Lucas Giolito was sharp in Saturday's Cactus League game against the Angels, striking out three over three scoreless innings of work.

Giolito has now allowed one run in five innings this spring. The talented youngster came over to the White Sox from the Nationals as part of Chicago's trade of Adam Eaton this winter. While he technically has a shot at spot in the rotation, the more likely scenario is that the White Sox keep him down at Triple-A to start the season in order to allow a bit more seasoning and development. He posted a 6.75 ERA in a 21 1/3-inning cup of coffee with the Nats last season.
Mar 4 - 6:31 PM

Lucas Giolito gave up one run on three hits in a two-inning start versus the Cubs on Monday in Arizona.

The run came on a homer by Cubs shortstop Addison Russell. Giolito was making his first start with the White Sox after being acquired in the Adam Eaton trade with the Nationals in December. Giolito is an elite prospect despite the 6.75 ERA in 21 1/3 innings in his cup of coffee with Washington last year. He will compete for a rotation slot this spring but is more likely to begin the season at Triple-A in preparation for a mid-season call to the majors.
Feb 27 - 11:28 PM

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.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 06:02:00 PM

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.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 04:35:00 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.
Tue, Sep 6, 2016 04:03:00 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.
Mon, Aug 29, 2016 02:36:00 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.
Sun, Aug 28, 2016 06:12:00 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.
Sun, Aug 28, 2016 10:42:00 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.
Sat, Aug 27, 2016 06:52:00 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.
Thu, Aug 25, 2016 06:53:00 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.
Fri, Jul 29, 2016 01:49:00 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.
Sun, Jul 24, 2016 06:41:00 PM

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SS1Tim Anderson
2Everth Cabrera
3B1Todd Frazier
LF1Melky Cabrera
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CF1Charlie Tilson
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3Jacob May
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R1David Robertson
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4Michael Ynoa
5Jake Petricka
6Dan Jennings
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8Dylan Covey
9Juan Minaya
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11Cory Luebke
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