July 14, 1994 |
Santa Monica, California
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. His fastball has been clocked as high as 100 miles per hour (160 km/h).
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., and by the end of the month was scheduling Tommy John surgery to repair his injured elbow ligament.
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. 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. 
He finished the 2014 as the top ranked Right-Handed Pitching Prospect in the MLB.
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.
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