20-Year-Old Pitcher – Washington Nationals
2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Now two years removed from his Tommy John surgery, Giolito looked every inch the future ace as he tore through the South Atlantic League, posting outstanding 10.1 K/9 and 3.9 K/BB ratios over a restri...
Lucas Giolito Contract Information:
Agreed to a rookie contract with the Nationals in July of 2012.
Giolito says his changeup has looked good so far this spring, the Washington Post reports. "I'm throwing the change-up in pens and everything right now, but the feelís still there. For the most part, itís about throwing it for strikes," Giolito said. "Maybe want to work on an even better change-up, more of like an out change-up that I can get some movement on, thatíd be cool."
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Washington Nationals Roster
MajorsBarrett, Aaron (P)
AAABillings, Bruce (P)
AAAlfaro, Gabriel (P)
A+Bacus, Dakota (P)
AJohansen, Jake (P)
RookieAndujar, Yoel (OF)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
The Nationals' 2012 first-round pick made an impressive return from Tommy John surgery, albeit in very limited work, and struck out 39 batters in 36.2 innings between rookie ball and Low-A while flashing the same high octane fastball, power curve and developing changeup that made him a much-ballyhooed high schooler prior to his surgery. The Nats are notoriously conservative with recovering pitchers so expect Giolito to be on a strict innings cap this season, but even in limited work he's more than capable of emerging as one of the game's elite pitching prospects. A violent delivery and spindly frame, the usual recipe for control and injury issues, might be the only thing keeping him from tearing into the majors as soon as 2015.
The 16th overall pick in the draft went under the knife for the least surprising Tommy John surgery ever in August, and the Nationals do not expect to get anything for their $3 million signing bonus until 2014. Giolito could be worth the wait though. Were it not for his elbow trouble he very well might have gone first overall, as high schoolers with prototypical power pitcher builds and fastballs that light up the third digit on the radar gun tend to get scouts drooling. It will be a long road back for Giolito, but if any team can get the most out of him it would be the Nats (see: Strasburg, Stephen and Zimmermann, Jordan).