At just 19 years old, Lucas Giolito has already begun to establish himself as a big-league starter in the near future. The former first-round pick is progressing faster than many thought he would following Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow in August 2012.
Less than a year later, Giolito was on the hill for the Gulf Coast League Nationals—Washington's rookie-level minor-league affiliate. In just 22.2 innings of work, the Harvard-Westlake High School product struck out 25 batters and posted an ERA of 2.78 before being promoted to Auburn, the Nationals' Class-A affiliate.
Giolito continued to rise to the occasion, fanning 14 batters in 14.0 innings of work and earning a win.
With a fastball that tops out near 100 miles per hour, a devastating curveball and a newly developed changeup, Giolito potentially has the repertoire to, one day, become an All-Star.
All stats acquired via Baseball-reference.com