The Island to the Show: Lucas Giolito

Photo courtesy Will Bentzel / MiLB

Photo courtesy Will Bentzel / MiLB

MLB Debut: June 28

Harrisburg stats (2015-16)
9-5, 3.42 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, .254 BAA
118.1 IP, 51 BB, 117 K

Lucas Giolito arrived on City Island in late July 2015 with the anticipation and expectation of other first round draft picks in recent memory. Following the success of Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper, Giolito was another in the line of prospects that carried an air of inevitable superstardom before they even suited up for the Senators.

The Los Angeles native had numerous flashes of brilliance including a one-hit, 11 strikeout performance last season or the career-high 12 batters he fanned this year, both against the eventual Eastern League champions, but the sustained dominance that was expected was absent. Like a lot of tall pitchers, the 6’6″ right-hander struggled with an inconsistent release point and that in turn affected his command and effectiveness.

Fast-forward to this off-season and the suddenly untouchable Giolito was being mentioned in every trade rumor involving the Nationals culminating with being the prime piece sent back to the White Sox in exchange for outfielder Adam Eaton last week. In Chicago, Giolito will work under the tutelage of noted pitching guru Don Cooper and will hopefully get back to the hurler he once was and still could be.

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