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Lucas Giolito | Starting Pitcher

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (21) / 7/14/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Lucas Giolito threw four scoreless innings Tuesday in his 2016 debut with Double-A Harrisburg.
Giolito walked three, but he gave up only one hit and struck out four, tossing 37 of his 59 pitches for strikes. The 21-year-old top prospect is probably going to make his major league debut this summer and is worth a stash in deeper mixed fantasy leagues. He had a 3.15 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and 131/37 K/BB ratio in 117 innings last season between High-A and Double-A. Apr 12 - 8:02 PM

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Nationals reassigned RHP Lucas Giolito to minor league camp.

It was an expected move, as the Nationals are set to go into the season with a rotation consisting of Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Joe Ross, and Tanner Roark. One of the top pitching prospects in the game, Giolito allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings with a 9/3 K/BB ratio this spring. The 21-year-old should make his major league debut at some point this summer as long as he stays healthy and continues to progress.
Mar 23 - 2:20 PM

One scout told ESPN's Jayson Stark "something would have to go wrong" for Lucas Giolito to not be in the major leagues by June.

That seems a little aggressive considering he's never pitched above Double-A, but we wouldn't rule out anything with Giolito. The 21-year-old is one of baseball's very best prospects and has performed reasonably well this spring against major league competition (4.05 ERA in four outings). Tanner Roark will slide into a long relief role when Giolito arrives in Washington.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 19 - 9:29 PM

Lucas Giolito earned his first victory of the Grapefruit League season, firing a pair of scoreless innings against the Mets on Friday.

The young right-hander allowed one hit and walked one while striking out one. While he isn't going to earn a spot in the club's Opening Day rotation, he has held his own this spring, compiling a 4.05 ERA and striking out nine in his 6 2/3 innings of work. There's a chance that he debuts with the big league club before the end of the 2016 campaign.
Mar 18 - 10:39 PM

Lucas Giolito pitched two scoreless innings and struck out three versus the Marlins on Friday.

Giolito, arguably the game's top pitching prospect, is expected to open this season back in Double-A, though he has a chance to reach the majors before the year is out. It depends not only on his own performance, but also the health of the veterans ahead of him.
Mar 4 - 5:23 PM

Lucas Giolito said Saturday that is goal for the 2016 season is to get to the big leagues.

Considered one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball, the 21-year-old hurler is in big league camp for the first time this year. He posted a 3.15 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 131/37 K/BB ratio across 117 frames between High-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg last year. While the Nationals have a very strong rotation heading into the year, Giolito should have a chance to make at least a few spot starts over the course of the season.
Feb 20 - 8:42 AM

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo confirmed Saturday that the club will invite Lucas Giolito to major league spring training for the first time this season.

The 21-year-old right-hander is widely regarded as one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball. He compiled a 3.15 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 131/37 K/BB ratio over 117 innings between High-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg in 2015. He could debut with the Nationals at some point during the upcoming season.
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 11:59:00 AM

The Nationals have promoted top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito to Double-A Harrisburg.

The 21-year-old right-hander posted a 2.71 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 86/20 K/BB ratio over 69 2/3 innings at High-A Potomac. Considered by many to be the top pitching prospect in baseball, his could be the last stop before we see him in a Nationals uniform.
Sat, Jul 25, 2015 01:21:00 PM

Nationals prospect RHP Lucas Giolito struck out six batters in four scoreless innings on Wednesday for High-A Potomac.

He yielded five hits and four walks in the outing. Giolito is widely considered baseball’s top pitching prospect, and the 20-year-old right-hander has furthered that notion this season with a strong showing in the Carolina League. While his 3.71 ERA through 43 2/3 innings is a bit higher than expected, it’s worth pointing out that he’s been unlucky with a .422 BABIP and 69.8% strand rate. Meanwhile, Giolito’s 1.58 FIP, 2.47 BB/9 and 11.75 K/9 in that span paints a much clearer picture of his dominance this season.
Thu, Jun 18, 2015 03:15:00 PM

Nationals prospect right-hander Lucas Giolito is expected to join High-A Potomac this week.

Giolito has been pitching at the team's spring training facility in Viera, Florida over the past month and now he's ready to report to a minor league affiliate. The 20-year-old has emerged as one of the game's top pitching prospects since his Tommy John surgery, posting a 2.20 ERA and a 110/28 K/BB ratio in 98 innings across 20 starts with Class A Hagerstown last season.
Source: MASN Sports
Tue, May 5, 2015 12:59:00 PM

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.
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 04:13:00 PM

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.
Sun, Aug 17, 2014 12:34:00 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.
Tue, Aug 12, 2014 11:25:00 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.
Sat, Jul 26, 2014 10:12:00 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.
Sun, Jul 20, 2014 10:47:00 AM

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2Clint Robinson
2B1Daniel Murphy
SS1Danny Espinosa
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3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
CF1Ben Revere
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RF1Bryce Harper
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PosRoleName
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2Max Scherzer
3Gio Gonzalez
4Joe Ross
5Tanner Roark
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PosRoleName
R1Jonathan Papelbon
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4Blake Treinen
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6Matt Belisle
7Yusmeiro Petit
8Aaron Barrett
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