Lucas Giolito Scouting Report

Lucas Giolito Scouting Report
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Lucas Giolito Scouting Report
Lucas Giolito is a major force-to-be for the Washington Nationals, and his case is made even more interesting by the signing of Max Scherzer. Giolito is a monster of a pitching prospect; standing 6’6” and coming in at 255 pounds, his massive frame allows for a fastball the can flirt with speeds of 100 miles per hour, and a powerfulLucas Giolito Scouting report curveball that is already a plus pitch. In addition to this, scouts are also impressed with the progress of his changeup, a pitch he has been working on the minors. While not at the level of his fastball or curveball, it has potential to become a plus pitch.

Giolito might have had a shot to be the 1st overall pick in the 2012 amateur players draft out of high school, but an elbow issue set him back, and was eventually drafted 16th overall by the Nationals. Scouts aren’t worried about his mechanics nearly as much as his durability, as an injury this early in a player’s career should always be a cause for concern. That being said, Giolito seems to have a bright future ahead of him if he leave his injury issues in the past, which is a good bet considering that the success level of TJ surgery is much higher the younger the patient.

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Giolito took full advantage of his ability coming back from his Tommy John surgery in 2012, posting 1.96 and 2.20 ERA’s in 2013 and 2014 respectively, in addition to posting a modest 1.8 WARP in 2014. While these numbers were posted between rookie ball and single A, he is fully expected to continue dominance as he moves up the minor league ladder, and seeing him at the major league level in 2015 is certainly not out of the question. A big reason for this is the potential of Giolito’s mechanics; his surgery and youth cause some inconsistencies in his delivery, but his power and torque have massively improved since high school, allowing for the potency behind his fastball and his power curve.

Giolito is in an intriguing position to join the Nationals rotation in the near future, where he would join the best rotation in the major leagues, and that’s before he would become a part of it. If he continues on the path of success he’s currently on, he’ll be a force in the Nationals rotation for years to come.

Position: RHP
DOB: July 14, 1994
Bats: R, Throws: R
Height: 6′ 6″, Weight: 255
#1: MLB Top Right Handed Pitchers
#8: MLB Top list of Top 100 Prospects
#1: Washington Nationals prospect by MLB Top

Draft details:
Drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 1st round (16th) of the 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft from Harvard-Westlake HS (Los Angeles, CA)
Scouting grades:
On the scouts scale of 20 to 80
Fastball: 80 | Curveball: 70 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 60 | Overall: 65

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