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Lucas Giolito to make first pro start on Tuesday

Lucas Giolito

Washington Nationals pitcher Lucas Giolito sits in the dugout before the Nationals’ baseball game with the New York Mets on Tuesday, July 17, 2012, in Washington. Giolito was the team’s top pick in this year’s draft. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


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.