Chicago White Sox starter Lucas Giolito no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night, becoming the 19th pitcher in franchise history and first with no fans in the stands to complete the feat.
The 26-year-old right-hander was drafted by the Nationals with the 16th overall pick in 2012. He underwent Tommy John surgery a month later, kickstarting a long rehab process that saw him regain his form and work his way up various prospect rankings. He was considered the unanimous top pitcher in the minor leagues in 2016, reaching the majors in June of that season.
However, the Nationals saw a dip in Giolito’s velocity during his short stint with the club. The following offseason, he was shipped along with fellow pitching prospects Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning to the White Sox in exchange for outfielder Adam Eaton. Washington has since seen Eaton provide strong production in bursts with several injuries sandwiched between. He did play an integral role during their title run last season, hitting .320 with a pair of home runs in the World Series.
Giolito got off to a rough start with the White Sox. He made just seven starts in 2017 then led the major leagues with 118 earned runs the next season. Then it all came together in 2019, resulting in a sixth-place finish in AL Cy Young voting. He started off the 2020 season strong leading up to his no-hitter Tuesday.
The Nationals, meanwhile, are searching for stability in their rotation after losing Stephen Strasburg for likely the rest of the season after he was diagnosed with carpal tunnel.