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Washington Nationals Pitching Prospect Lucas Giolito Re-injures Elbow

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Washington Nationals Prospect Lucas Giolito Re-Injures Elbow

Washington Nationals pitching prospect Lucas Giolito has re-injured his pitching elbow, according to Keith Law of ESPN, quoting a Nationals spokesperson.

Giolito made one start in rookie ball on August 14th for the Gulf Coast League Nationals, throwing two innings, allowing two hits and one run with one strikeout.

Considered the top high school pitching prospect in the 2012 draft by most experts, he hurt his elbow early in the spring but rehabbed the ligament tear without surgery. The injury dropped him from the first few picks of the draft down to 16th overall, where he still earned a $2,925,000 bonus.

Giolito is a 6-6, 225 pound right-hander, born July 14th, 1994. When healthy, he throws 95-99 MPH, mixing the heat with an excellent curveball and impressive changeup. Scouts love his personality and maturity on the mound. He has the stuff and command to be a number one starter, provided that his arm holds up.