In one of the more risky decisions made during the first round Monday night, the Washington Nationals drafted 17-year-old Lucas Giolito.
The right-handed pitcher was selected 16th overall in the first round, despite having strained the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
This ligament, which is critical to any pitcher and when strained badly enough or torn, often requires undergoing Tommy John surgery.
The Nationals are betting on Giolito, who claims the injury is behind him, recovering 100 percent and showing off his fastball—which has been reported to reach up to 100 mph—along with his wicked curve ball.
However, it’s a gamble that could cost the Nationals a lot of money—$2.25 million or more—which would eat up nearly half of the Nationals' allotted spending amount for the 2012 draft.
Roy Clark, the Nationals' Vice President, compared the Harvard-Westlake High School pitcher to Phillies ace, Roy Halladay.
Only time will tell if the Nationals were right or if they made a huge mistake.