Lucas Giolito

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Lucas Giolito
Lucas Giolito.jpg
Giolito trying out virtual reality during 2016 spring training
Chicago White Sox – No. 27
Born: (1994-07-14) July 14, 1994 (age 22)
Santa Monica, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 28, 2016, for the Washington Nationals
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Win–loss record 0–1
Earned run average 6.75
Strikeouts 11
WHIP 1.78

Lucas Frost Giolito (born July 14, 1994) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He attended Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City, California, and was selected by the Washington Nationals in the 2012 MLB draft. He made his MLB debut with the Nationals in 2016. His fastball has been clocked as high as 100 miles per hour (160 km/h).[1][2]

Amateur career[edit]

Giolito attended Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City, Los Angeles, California. In March 2012, his senior year, Giolito sprained the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, sidelining him for the rest of his high school season.[3][4] Giolito had a commitment to attend the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and play for the UCLA Bruins baseball team.[5][6]

Although some thought he was good enough to be selected with the first overall choice of the 2012 MLB draft,[7][8][9][10][11] concerns about his elbow caused him to fall to the 16th overall selection, where he was picked by the Washington Nationals.[12]

Professional career[edit]

Minor Leagues[edit]

Giolito signed with the Nationals on July 13, 2012—thirty seconds before the deadline—to a minor league contract with a $2.925 million signing bonus.[13] By the end of the month, the team had scheduled Tommy John surgery to repair his injured elbow ligament.[14]

By the following summer, he made eight starts for the Gulf Coast Nationals of the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League in 2013 and posted a 2.78 earned run average (ERA). He was promoted to the Auburn Doubledays of the Class A-Short Season New York-Penn League, 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 of the Class A South Atlantic League. 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]

Giolito began the 2015 season with the Potomac Nationals of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League, and received a midseason promotion to the Harrisburg Senators of the Class AA Eastern League.[16] The Nationals assigned Giolito to Harrisburg to start the 2016 season.[17] He received a promotion to the Syracuse Chiefs of the Class AAA International League in July.[18]

Major Leagues[edit]

Washington Nationals[edit]

On June 28, 2016, the Nationals added Giolito to their active roster and made his major league debut that night against the New York Mets. In his debut, he pitched four shutout innings, allowing one hit and two walks, while getting one strikeout. His debut was delayed by rain.[19]

Chicago White Sox[edit]

On December 7, 2016, the Nationals traded Giolito, Reynaldo López, and Dane Dunning to the Chicago White Sox for Adam Eaton.[20] At the time, Giolito was the #3 ranked prospect in the minor leagues.[21]


Giolito's mother, Lindsay Frost, is an actress, and his grandfather, Warren Frost, was an actor. His father, Rick Giolito, is a producer. His uncle, Mark Frost, is a novelist, television screenwriter, and producer, while his other uncle, Scott Frost, is a writer.[22]


  1. ^ Cameron Smith (March 1, 2012). "Superstar prospect Lucas Giolito hits 100 mph on radar gun in first win of season". Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Baseball: Lucas Giolito hits 100 mph, throws one-hitter". Los Angeles Times. February 28, 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ Eric Sondheimer (March 7, 2012). "Harvard-Westlake pitcher Lucas Giolito sidelined by elbow injury". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ "How Lucas Giolito's Injury Could Affect Draft". Baseball America. March 8, 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Baseball: Lucas Giolito commits to UCLA". Los Angeles Times. August 30, 2010. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ Eric Sondheimer (November 8, 2011). "Harvard-Westlake pitching duo bound for UCLA might not get there". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Baseball America 2012 Draft: Top 100 Prospects". Baseball America. May 15, 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Top 100 draft prospects for 2012". May 8, 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  9. ^ Mayo, Jonathan (May 1, 2012). " lines up Top 100 Draft prospects". Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  10. ^ "2012 MLB Draft Top Prospects with Scouting Grades". June 5, 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Wagner, James (February 25, 2014). "Nationals' Lucas Giolito, with surgery in the rearview mirror, flashes 'electric' potential". Washington Post. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 
  12. ^ Kilgore, Adam (June 5, 2012). "Nationals draft Lucas Giolito with 16th pick in MLB draft". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  13. ^ Kilgore, Adam (July 13, 2012). "Nationals sign Lucas Giolito (updated) - Nationals Journal". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  14. ^ Kilgore, Adam (August 24, 2012). "Lucas Giolito, the Nationals' top draft pick, will undergo Tommy John surgery". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  15. ^ Emery, Mark (September 25, 2014). "Nats' top prospect Giolito visits Washington". Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Top prospect Lucas Giolito promoted to Harrisburg Senators". The Patriot-News. Retrieved June 29, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Lucas Giolito to begin 2016 season at Harrisburg, Erick Fedde at Potomac". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 29, 2016. 
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  19. ^ "For Nationals' Lucas Giolito, the stage is officially set". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 29, 2016. 
  20. ^ Merkin, Scott (December 7, 2016). "White Sox acquire Giolito, 2 prospects for Eaton". Retrieved December 7, 2016. 
  21. ^ "2016 Prospect Watch". Retrieved January 4, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Lucas Giolito's talent too tantalizing for Nationals to pass on". Washington Times. June 5, 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 

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