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Minor League Barometer: Up A Crick

Jesse Siegel

Jesse Siegel

Siegel covers college football, college basketball and minor league baseball for RotoWire. He was named College Sports Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.

Pay close attention to the progress of Lucas Giolito, a 2012 first-round draft pick of the Washington Nationals. Giolito underwent Tommy John surgery on Sept. 13, 2012, and was finally able to take the mound in live game action last week. The No. 16 overall selection, Giolito was a college teammate of San Diego prospect Max Fried. The 18-year-old Giolito had arguably the best arm in the draft last year, possessing three plus-pitches and ace potential. Assuming his return from injury doesn't hit any snags, he could emerge as one of the best pitching prospects in 2014 and beyond.

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