Monday, March 30, 2015

Lucas Giolito Scouting Report (Washington Nationals, SP)

Lucas Giolito


Twitter: @LGio27) Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 6", Weight: 255 lb.
Draft: 1st round (16th) of the 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft from Harvard-Westlake HS (Los Angeles, CA), by the Washington Nationals

Scouting Report

Grades: Fastball: 80. Curve: 70. Changeup: 60. Control: 60.

Since his return from Tommy John surgery, Giolito has solidified himself as one of baseball's top prospects.  His fastball rates as an elite 80 because of its velocity in the mid to high 90s, its control, and hard-to-hit angle from his high release point (Giolito is 6'6").  Giolito also has a dominating 12-to-6 curveball that he can throw for strikes and use to sit down hitters.  Add in his third pitch, a changeup that is currently a work in progress, and you have 3 plus to plus-plus pitches with the ability to throw them all for strikes or as an out pitch.

This arsenal is clearly tops in the class and I like to add up the four scouting grades to get a feel for a pitcher's dominance.  A fastball, curve, change, and control that add up to 270 is amazing.  And hitters agreed last year in the times they were forced to face Giolito.  He posted more than 10 K per 9, allowed a .197 average against, kept hits and walks to a minimum, and most importantly, was consistent both as the season wore on and against both righties and lefties.

Giolito is closing in on Strasburg-esque hype and for good reason.  I'm excited to see him develop and dominate at every stage.

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