Last year two high-school draft prospects made national headlines by hitting triple-digits on the radar gun.
Right-hander Dylan Bundy hit 100-mph on numerous occasions throughout the spring and thanks to that momentum, he ended up getting drafted fourth overall in the 2011 draft by the Baltimore Orioles. Fellow Oklahoman Archie Bradley hit the 100-mph mark in the state championship game, where he helped his Broken Arrow High squad defeat Bundy’s Owasso High team. He was selected three picks after Bundy by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Clearly, there’s some added helium by reaching the esteemed number.
Lucas Giolito became the first member of the 2012 draft class to crack the century mark when he hit the magic number during his first start of the year this past week, according to the Los Angeles Times. Giolito held his opponent hitless until the bottom of the seventh inning, and finished the game with eight strikeouts and no walks. The complete-game shutout marked the first of what should be many pitching for one of the top teams in the country, Harvard-Westlake High.
Giolito was already considered one of the top draft prospects for 2012. He currently ranks second overall in Baseball America’s draft top 100, and is ranked near the top of nearly every draft publication or website.
He’s already drawn comparisons to 2010 third overall pick, Jameson Taillon. The comparisons stem mostly from both pitchers’ fastball, which is heavy and incredibly hard to hit, and their size. Giolito has added inches and pounds since enrolling at Harvard-Westlake and now fills out at a robust 6’6” and 230 pounds. Not only is that the prototypical size that scouts look for, but it should also allow Giolito to be quite the inning eater.