Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Fantasy Focus: 2016 Impact Rookies- Lucas Giolito

Lucas Giolito, RHP.  DOB: 7/14/1994.  6'6", 230 lbs.   Organization:  Nationals

A+:  3-5, 2.71, 69.2 IP, 11.11 K%, 2.58 BB%, GO/AO= 1.36.
AA:  4-2, 3.80, 47.1 IP, 8.56 K%, 3.23 BB%, GO/AO= 1.28.

Many analysts consider Lucas Giolito to be the top pitching prospect in baseball.  He was a highly touted HS draftee who the Nationals selected as their first round choice despite injury concerns.  He underwent TJ surgery almost immediately after the draft, but has been mostly dominant since his recovery.  Giolito throws hard with a FB that sits in the mid-upper 90's.  He has a wipeout breaking ball and an less imposing changeup.  With the Nationals rotation looking considerably less imposing after the departure of Jordan Zimmermann, it is likely he will get a chance to start his MLB career around midseason.  He is long gone in most deep keeper formats, but in most fantasy leagues, owners should follow him closely in the minors and pick him up when a callup is reported to be imminent.

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