Nationals top prospect Lucas Giolito has been reassigned to minor league camp after an impressive spring training.
Giolito, 21, made four appearances for the Nationals in the Grapefruit League and allowed three earned runs in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out nine batters and issued three walks.
This was the first MLB spring training for the 6-foot-6 starter. Giolito was drafted by the Nationals with the 16th pick in the first round of the 2012 draft. He has a 2.63 career ERA in four minor league seasons.
Giolito reached Double-A in 2015 and could be in line for his MLB debut some time this season. The Nationals, however, currently have a full rotation with Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonalez, Joe Ross and Tanner Roark. Giolito could very well be the next man up in case of an injury.
What will make matters interesting for Giolito is the Nationals' plan for his innings workload. He had Tommy John surgery in 2012 and has only thrown 253 2/3 professional innings since he was drafted. The Nats have a plan for his innings in 2016, but have not revealed the specifics.
Giolito was ranked as the top pitching prospect in baseball and the third-best prospect overall by MLB.com this past winter.