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Legends On Decks’ Top 25 Prospects: No.’s 7-2

6. Lucas Giolito, RHP

Team: Nationals

Age: 20

Height: 6’6

Weight: 255

Bats/Throws: Right/Right

The Nats continued to move slowly with Giolito, who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012 after being drafted, but despite only pitching 98 innings in 2014 he made quite the impact. Pitching in Low-A, the former first-round pick posted a 2.20 ERA and struck out 110 batters while walking just 28. He allowed just 70 hits.

Giolito has a monster pitchers frame at 6’6, 255. He uses his frame well to create elite velocity on his potential plus-plus fastball, which sits around 93-97. He can reach back for more, touching triple digits and the pitch has arm side movement when he keeps in down. His breaking pitch is a power curve that also flashes plus-plus potential, showing tight rotation and great two-plane movement. The California product also throws a changeup that is still in need of some work but is coming along and could be an above- average pitch.

Outlook: Lucas is still building stamina, otherwise he could be on the cusp of the majors already. Scouts say he’s less effective in the later innings of starts, losing velocity and sometimes his mechanics. Simply pitching more and more should fix that. He has a chance to be an elite level pitcher, a true ace.

Risk: High, due to Tommy John and lack of innings under his belt.

ETA: 2016

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