Another draft prospect has gone down for the season. This time it's prep pitcher Lucas Giolito. According to Nathan Rode of Baseball America, Giolito suffered a sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament and will be out for the remainder of the high school season. Giolito won't require surgery.
Giolito is one of the top prospects in the draft, listed as the consensus number two coming in to the year, behind Stanford's Mark Appel. He hit 100 MPH in a start two weeks ago, and could have been a candidate to go first overall. He definitely wouldn't have fallen to the Pirates with the eighth overall pick.
It's unknown whether this injury would change that projection. Elbow injuries aren't career killers for pitchers, and if Giolito doesn't need surgery then it wouldn't seem his is serious. If this injury is enough to make him slip to the Pirates, he should definitely be the pick. He's an extremely talented pitcher, and would be a huge steal at eight overall if he ended up being healthy. Of c...
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