In a meeting with the media on Monday afternoon, Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker announced that MLB Pipeline’s number one overall prospect Lucas Giolito would be called up to the major-league roster and make his MLB debut on Tuesday against the New York Mets.
Giolito, who turns 22 on July 14, has been a highly-touted prospect since he was barely a teenager after he reportedly hit 90 mph with his fastball at a showcase on the day before his 14th birthday. Currently, the Santa Monica, CA native is listed at six-foot-six and 255 pounds and wields a fastball that consistently registers in the mid-to-high 90s. Giolito also possesses a changeup that sits in the high 80s and a devastating 12-6 curveball that can reach as high as the low 80s.
In 14 starts with Double-A Harrisburg this season, Giolito owns a 3.17 ERA with 72 strikeouts and 34 walks in 71.0 innings pitched. Since turning pro after being drafted sixteenth overall by the Nationals in the 2012 draft out of Harvard-Westlake High School, Giolito has thrown a total of 324.2 professional innings across five levels of minor league ball. For his career, Giolito owns a 2.74 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 26.2 percent strikeout rate and 8.4 percent walk rate.