Way-Too-Early Predictions for 2016 NL Rookie of the Year

4. Lucas Giolito, SP, Washington Nationals

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Some concerns were raised about Lucas Giolito after he had to undergo Tommy John a couple years back, but he’s shown it was just a bump in a very bright career. The hard-throwing righty has dominated hitters at every level and looks to be very much in line for a spot in the Nationals’ rotation next year. His fastball is his strongest pitch, as it has touched nearly 100 MPH several times. Combine that with a couple of nasty breaking balls and you’ve got a dynamic pitcher. Considering both Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister will depart, and Stephen Strasburg is rarely healthy, it’s not outlandish to think that the big man could see himself as the #2 or #3 starter in the rotation.

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