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Lucas Giolito SP
Height/Weight: 6-6/230 | Birthdate: 7/14/1994 | Birthplace: Santa Monica, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Washington | College: None | MLB Experience: Rookie | Owned/Started%: 13/0 | Average Draft Position: 199.71
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Lucas Giolito on an innings limit


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2014) Nationals pitching prospect Lucas Giolito missed Saturday's start due to a team-imposed innings limit, according to MLB.com.

Giolito is coming off Tommy John surgery, and the Nationals want to make sure he doesn't throw too many innings. He's considered the club's top prospect, and is one of the best pitching prospects in the game despite his inexperience. Giolito has posted a 2.51 ERA in 32 1/3 innings.


Lucas Giolito 'ready to get going'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2014) Nationals starting pitcher prospect Lucas Giolito said it feels great to be healthy and feeling strong 18 months removed from Tommy John surgery.

"It's the best feeling in the world," Giolito said, per MASNsports.com. "I'm ready to go, I'm ready to get going. It's just great that I was able to persevere through everything. I never had a setback. So it's great."

Prior to getting hurt, Giolito's fastball and curveball were always considered plus-plus pitches. After the surgery, he's developed a third pitch -- changeup -- for his repertoire that could make him even better.

"It just comes out of my hand feeling a lot better and a lot different," Gioltio said. "I really don't know (why). It's just one of those weird, quirky things that happens for some guys that get surgery. I know sometimes a pitch will feel different. But especially for the changeup, I have a lot better feel for it after the surgery.

"I was healthy before the surgery, obviously, in high school, and the changeup was kind of a work-in-progress thing. Now, it just feels like a lot more solid pitch."


Lucas Giolito gets high praise


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2014) Nationals pitching prospect Lucas Giolito got some high praise from pitching coordinator Spin Williams, according to MASN.

Giolito ranked as the team's top prospect according to Baseball America, and there's good reason for the ranking. Giolito was considered to be the top pick in the 2012 draft until arm issues dropped him to the Nationals at 16. Teams were worried Giolito would need Tommy John surgery, and chose to let him fall. While Giolito did undergo the procedure, he's flashed elite skills since his return.

His stuff has graded so well that Williams said Giolito's curveball was the best he had ever seen by a prospect. Williams has worked in baseball since 1979, so that's high praise. Giolito is coming into his first full season after surgery, and is not expected to move too quickly through the organization this year.


Lucas Giolito to start out in low Class A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/8/2014) The Nationals intend to start pitching prospect Lucas Giolito at low Class A Hagerstown in 2014, according to MASNsports.com. It will be Giolito's first full season since returning from Tommy John surgery and the Nationals want him to build up innings.

Giolito was able to get 11 abbreviated starts under his belt last season after returning from the elbow surgery in 2012. The right-hander was 2-1 with a 1.96 ERA and 1.15 WHIP between the Gulf Coast League Nationals (rookie) and Auburn (low Class A). He also struck out 39 in 36 2/3 innings.

The 2012 first-round pick will be reunited with Hagerstown manager Patrick Anderson, who was with the GCL Nationals last season.

"He is special," Anderson said. "He was at 93 to 100 mph. He hit 100 mph multiple times. And it was pretty free and easy coming out of his hand. Breaking ball is a plus pitch. He developed a changeup. He did a good job during the instructional league. He was really good. He got moved up."


Lucas Giolito progresses to Class A Auburn


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2013) The Nationals promoted 2012 first-round pick Lucas Giolito from the Gulf Coast League to low Class A Auburn. Giolito, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, was 1-1 with a 2.78 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in eight starts in the GCL.

Lucas Giolito focused on fastball location


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2013) Nationals starting pitcher prospect Lucas Giolito is experiencing great results since coming off Tommy John surgery. The 2012 first-round pick is 1-0 with a 0.64 ERA in three August starts for the GCL Nationals (rookie) and is 1-1 with a 2.78 ERA in eight starts since returning from elbow surgery.

Giolito said he's throwing his fastball in the low to mid-90s, per MASNsports.com.

"The fastball location is probably on the forefront, one of the first things to start coming back the way I really want it to," he said. "Like being able to throw a first-pitch strike and throw it to the location I want to.

"The velocity is coming back pretty strong. I think I was actually throwing a little bit harder my first few games and am now settling into a more comfortable velocity that I don't really need to like go out and throw 99 to 100 mph. I am more focused with getting ahead of batters and getting quick outs."


Lucas Giolito looking strong in minors


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2013) Nationals pitching prospect Lucas Giolito has gotten off to a strong start in the minors. 

A former first-round pick, Giolito had Tommy John surgery before making his professional debut. Through eight starts, Giolito has a 2.78 ERA. He has 25 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings. 


Nationals exercising patience with Lucas Giolito


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2013) The Nationals have been patient with Lucas Giolito's recovery from Tommy John surgery, and MASNSports.com reports Friday their plans are unlikely to change soon. Just 19, the team's top pick in last year's draft has appeared in three games for the team's Gulf Coast League affiliate, and will likely remain there for the time being, building up his arm strength.  

Lucas Giolito being pushed slowly


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/17/2013) Nationals pitching prospect Lucas Giolito is slowly building up his pitch count.

Giolito was able to toss three scoreless innings Monday. He allowed three hits, and struck out three batters. Giolito is recovering from Tommy John surgery, and has been used carefully since his return. There's a good chance he'll be promoted to Class A Hagerstown soon in order to ramp up his workload, according to MASNSports.com.


Lucas Giolito to make season debut


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2013) Nationals pitcher Lucas Giolito is expected to make his season debut Wednesday in the Gulf Coast League, according to MASN.

Giolito was a first-round draft pick in 2012. He has been recovering from Tommy John surgery. Giolito was considered a stronger prospect during the draft, but an arm issue caused him to fall to the Nationals.


Lucas Giolito throws for first time since Tommy John


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2013) Nationals prospect Lucas Giolito threw for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery Monday.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Giolito threw 30 fastballs off a mound. Giolito was the 16th pick in the 2012 draft. If not for elbow issues his last year in college, Giolito may have been the No. 1 pick in the draft. He'll attempt to return to game action later this season.


Lucas Giolito continues rehab


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2013) Nationals starting pitcher prospect Lucas Giolito, a 2012 first-round pick, is playing catch from 120 feet as he continues his recovery from Tommy John surgery, the Washington Post reported.

“It definitely feels very good and very strong,” he said. “There’s no more feeling of, ‘Oh, I’m gonna throw but I don’t know how it’s going to feel.’ It’s totally gone. It was like that after the initial injury. Now it’s no holds barred, getting after it.”

The plan is for Giolito, who is still considered a top 100 prospect by Baseball America (No. 67) and MLB.com (No. 74), to throw off a mound in May. Barring any setbacks, he will then head to extended spring training and might make it to the Gulf Coast League (rookie) later this summer.


Giolito with Nats in camp


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(2/12/2013) Washington 2012 draft pick Lucas Giolito is at camp for the Nationals in good spirits as he continues his rehab from Tommy John surgery last August, reports MLB.com Tuesday. The 18-year-old has thrown a few times during the week from short distances.