Lucas Giolito

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Lucas Giolito
Washington Nationals
Born: (1994-07-14) July 14, 1994 (age 20)
Santa Monica, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Lucas F. Giolito (born July 14, 1994) is a baseball pitcher with the Washington Nationals organization. He attended Harvard-Westlake School in North Hollywood, California. He was considered one of the top prospects for the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.[1][2][3][4] His fastball has been clocked as high as 100 miles per hour (160 km/h).[5][6]


In March 2012, Giolito sprained the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, sidelining him for the rest of his high school season.[7][8]

Giolito had a commitment to attend the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and play for the UCLA Bruins baseball team.[9][10]

Although some thought he was good enough to be drafted first,[11] he fell to 16th—picked by the Washington Nationals[12]—because of concerns about his elbow.

Giolito signed with the Nationals on July 13, 2012—thirty seconds before the deadline, and the day before his 18th birthday—to a minor league contract with a $2.925 million signing bonus.,[13] and by the end of the month was scheduling Tommy John surgery to repair his injured elbow ligament.[14]

The recovery went well, and by the following summer, he was back on a mound in a game. He made eight starts for the Nationals GCL team in 2013 and posted a 2.78 ERA. He was promoted to Auburn, the Nationals' short-season Class A affiliate, and allowed one earned run in the 16 innings he pitched.[11] In 2014, Giolito played his first full season of professional baseball with the Hagerstown Suns. He went 10–2 with a 2.20 ERA and 110 strikeouts compared to 28 walks over 20 starts. For his 2014 efforts, he was selected as the South Atlantic League Most Valuable Pitcher and Top Minor League Prospect. He also appeared in the All-Star Futures Game.[15]

He finished the 2014 as the top ranked Right-Handed Pitching Prospect in the MLB.[according to whom?]


Gioloto's mother, Lindsay Frost, father, Rick Giolito, and grandfather, Warren Frost, are actors. His uncle, Mark Frost, is a novelist, television screenwriter, and producer, while his other uncle, Scott Frost, is a writer.[16]


  1. ^ "Baseball America 2012 Draft: Top 100 Prospects". Baseball America. 2012-05-15. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  2. ^ "Top 100 draft prospects for 2012". 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  3. ^ Mayo, Jonathan (May 1, 2012). " lines up Top 100 Draft prospects". Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  4. ^ "2012 MLB Draft Top Prospects with Scouting Grades". June 5, 2012. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  5. ^ Cameron Smith March 1, 2012 1:03 PM (2012-03-01). "Superstar prospect Lucas Giolito hits 100 mph on radar gun in first win of season". Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  6. ^ "Baseball: Lucas Giolito hits 100 mph, throws one-hitter". Los Angeles Times. 2012-02-28. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  7. ^ Eric Sondheimer (2012-03-07). "Harvard-Westlake pitcher Lucas Giolito sidelined by elbow injury". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  8. ^ "How Lucas Giolito's Injury Could Affect Draft". Baseball America. 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  9. ^ "Baseball: Lucas Giolito commits to UCLA". Los Angeles Times. 2010-08-30. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  10. ^ Eric Sondheimer (2011-11-08). "Harvard-Westlake pitching duo bound for UCLA might not get there". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  11. ^ a b Wagner, James (February 25, 2014). "Nationals' Lucas Giolito, with surgery in the rearview mirror, flashes 'electric' potential". Washington Post. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
  12. ^ Kilgore, Adam (2012-06-05). "Nationals draft Lucas Giolito with 16th pick in MLB draft". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  13. ^ Kilgore, Adam (2012-07-13). "Nationals sign Lucas Giolito (updated) - Nationals Journal". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  14. ^ Kilgore, Adam (2012-08-24). "Lucas Giolito, the Nationals' top draft pick, will undergo Tommy John surgery". The Washington Post. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  15. ^ Emery, Mark (25 September 2014). "Nats' top prospect Giolito visits Washington". Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  16. ^ "Lucas Giolito's talent too tantalizing for Nationals to pass on". Washington Times. 2012-06-05. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 

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