Lucas Giolito is the Washington Nationals’ Top Prospect, Pitching Like It in Minors

Lucas Giolito Nationals

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The Washington Nationals drafted pitcher Lucas Giolito in the first round of the 2012 MLB Draft.

Through 11 games last season, the pitcher went 2-1 and recorded an impressive 1.96 ERA. Giolito is a 19-year-old who has already undergone Tommy John surgery. The Nationals are keeping a close eye on the prospect since his return to the mound after surgery.

In 14 games this season, the young pitcher is 4-2 with a 2.47 ERA and an incredible 72 strikeouts. He might not have Stephen Strasburg numbers when it comes to strikeouts, but Giolito is on his way.

The Nationals’ major-league pitching staff is one of the best in baseball this year. Giolito is a sign that their pitching dominance will not be going away anytime soon.

Outfield prospect Michael Taylor is another product of Nationals drafting who is already drawing big league attention. The Nationals can rest easy knowing that their top prospects are performing beyond expectations.

In Giolito’s last start, he went seven innings, struck out five, walked none and gave up just one run. He is currently pitching for Class-A Hagerstown and assuming he continues to produce, Giolito should be moving up the ranks over the next few seasons. Nationals manager Matt Williams understands that pitching is the backbone of the team right now and keeping Giolito healthy can mean big things for the future of the franchise.

Harry Floyd is a Washington Nationals/MLB writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @floydhe, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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