On Monday, the Washington Nationals selected Lucas Giolito with the 16th pick in the first round of the 2012 MLB draft. The 17-year-old right-hander is a dominant starting pitcher out of Harvard-Westlake School in suburban California.
This year, the Nationals' first pick was outside of the top 10 for the first time in four years. Despite their lower pick, the Nats were able to pick a player some experts originally thought would be the first overall pick.
But Giolito slid all the way to 16 due to injury concerns, as he became a risk other teams were not willing to take. The Nationals, however, have no problems taking a chance on a highly-touted prospect with injury history, as they showed last year when they selected third baseman Anthony Rendon out of Rice University with the sixth overall pick. Rendon had shoulder and ankle injuries during college, and suffered another ankle injury this season in the minor leagues.
Will Lucas Giolito overcome his own injury issues and become a successful pick for the Washington Nationals? Here are 12 reasons why the newest addition to the Washington Nationals will soon be a superstar for this franchise on the rise.