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Lucas Giolito to make first pro start on Tuesday

Aug 11, 2012, 12:15 PM EDT

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Lucas Giolito was discussed as a possible No. 1 overall pick before a sprained ligament in his elbow ended his senior season with Harvard-Westlake High School in California, but concerns over his health and bonus demands caused him to drop to the Nationals at 16th in June’s First-Year Player Draft. However, it appears the elbow issue is now behind him.

Giolito’s father, Rick Giolito, wrote on his Twitter account yesterday that the 18-year-old right-hander will make his first pro start Tuesday with the Nationals’ Gulf Coast League affiliate.

The Nationals ended up exceeding MLB’s slot recommendation by giving Giolito a $2.925 million bonus, but the upside is undeniable if he’s healthy. His fastball was clocked at 100 mph prior to the injury.

  1. kkolchak - Aug 11, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Nats’ rotation 2015:

    Strasburg
    Gonzalez
    Zimmermann
    Detwiler
    Giolito

  2. romoscollarbone - Aug 11, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    That’s crazy. Forget Smoltz, Maddux, Glavine, if that’s the five they can trot out.

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