Lucas Giolito Tracker

RHP, Harvard-Westlake HS
Age: 17
Born: July 14, 1994
Height: 6′ 6″
Weight: 230
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Class: Senior
Level: Prep

Advisor: N/A


All Lucas Giolito Posts

Giolito entered the year as the top prep pitcher in the draft, and a good bet to go in the first two picks. He went down for the year with an elbow sprain, which has also caused his draft stock to fall. He has a huge frame, and the stuff to be a top of the rotation pitcher, so he could be a good value pick for someone who is willing to take the chance that his injury isn’t serious.

The 6′ 6″, 230 pound right hander throws his fastball in the low-to-mid 90s, and tops out at 96, although he touched 100 early in the 2012 season before his injury. His fastball is heavy, and is thrown on a downward plane with good movement. He has a power curve with sharp break, and a changeup which features good movement. He throws all three pitches for strikes, and has an easy delivery which only improves his prospect status.

Prior to his injury, there was no chance Giolito would have fallen to the Pirates. Now there’s a chance he could end up falling to eighth overall on draft day. If the Pirates took the gamble, and if he turned out to be healthy for the long term, they’d be adding one more potential ace pitcher to their already loaded system.

2013: UCLA
Baseball America: #6 (4/11/2012)
Jonathan Mayo: #8 (5/1/2012)
Keith Law: #11 (4/10/2012)

Latest Analysis

  • Photo Credit: David Hague

    The Pirates Solved Jimmy Nelson’s Curveball in the Second Matchup

    1 day ago

    Jimmy Nelson shut the Pirates down in Milwaukee on April 11th. He scattered only two hits and two walks over seven innings while striking out nine batters. ...

    Read More
  • Tyler Glasnow 7

    There Was a Different Tyler Glasnow on the Mound on Friday Night in Altoona

    1 day ago

    After Tyler Glasnow went four innings without giving up a walk last night, my initial thought was to point out how great his control looked. But then ...

    Read More
  • Photo Credit: David Hague

    Francisco Cervelli Gives His Thoughts on the “New” A.J. Burnett

    2 days ago

    For most of the second half of Spring Training, A.J. Burnett seemed to have a personal catcher in Tony Sanchez. They worked together at McKechnie Field. They ...

    Read More
  • Elias Diaz 2

    Elias Diaz’s Value Doesn’t End With His Excellent Defense and Improving Bat

    6 days ago

    While everyone knows about Elias Diaz’s throwing arm by now, the Indianapolis pitchers have been raving early in the season about the work that he puts in ...

    Read More
  • Steven Brault 5

    A Review of Steven Brault’s Sinker; Updates on Eppler, Heredia, and Holmes

    7 days ago

    There’s nothing flashy about Steven Brault. The last three times I’ve seen the left-hander, including today’s debut in Bradenton, he has been working heavily with the sinker. ...

    Read More
  • Gorkys Hernandez

    What Do the Pirates See in Gorkys Hernandez, Beyond His Outstanding Defense?

    1 week ago

    Gorkys Hernandez has been searching for something throughout his career that he thinks that he has finally located after a solid Spring Training: Consistency. “One thing is ...

    Read More
  • (Photo Credit: David Hague)

    This Year’s Projected Super Two Cutoff Should Have No Impact on the Pirates

    1 week ago

    Every year at the start of the season, an early projection for the Super Two cutoff date gets released. This year the number has been released by ...

    Read More
  • (Photo Credit: David Hague)

    What Does Josh Harrison Need to Do to Justify His Contract?

    2 weeks ago

    The Pittsburgh Pirates signed Josh Harrison to an extension today, buying out control of three free agent years, while also guaranteeing his contract through the 2018 season. ...

    Read More
  • Browse More Articles