Coming into the season Lucas Giolito was the top overall prospect. He bolstered that case in his first start, hitting 100 mph on the radar gun…in February. Not even Dylan Bundy could claim that. In his second start, Giolito injured his elbow and missed the remainder of the 2012 season, costing him millions of dollars.
Heading into the draft, he was the biggest wildcard, but like most predicted he ended up being drafted 16th overall by the Washington Nationals, who are no stranger to drafting players with injury history. Look no further than last year, when they selected two players with questionable health, Anthony Rendon and Matt Purke.
The Nats got rid of a few pitching prospects when they traded for Gio Gonzalez last year, so they needed to recoup some talent, and if he can stay healthy, Giolito could be just that guy.
When healthy, he’s easily the top pitcher in this draft class. His ceiling is as a true number one starter. He has the size and velocity to pitch at the front of a rotation, although he likely won’t have to with Stephen Strasburg leading the big-league rotation.
In reality, Giolito could not have gone to a better situation.