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Lucas Giolito Makes MLB Debut

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Washington Nationals Prospect Lucas Giolito Makes Major League Debut

In the 2012 draft, the Washington Nationals selected pitcher Lucas Giolito number 16 overall. Giolito was projected to go number one overall until he tore ligaments in his elbow during high school.

Giolito made eight starts for the Gulf Coast Nationals in 2013 and pitched to a 2.78 ERA.

He did not play his first full professional season until 2014 with the Hagerstown Suns. Giolito went 10-2 with a 2.20 ERA and had 110 strikeouts over 20 starts.

To start 2015, Lucas was promoted to the Potomac Nationals. It was not long before to got promoted again to the Class-AA Harrisburg Senators.

Coming into the 2016 season, Giolito was considered the top pitching prospect in baseball.

On Tuesday, Giolito got the chance to show the world that he could live up to that hype.

Not only was Lucas battling the New York Mets; but he was also battling the weather. The game was delayed an hour before it even began due to rain.

When the game begun around 9:00pm eastern time, Giolito did not disappoint.

Giolito stuck out Asdrubal Cabrera in the first inning for his first major league strikeout. That would be Giolito’s only strikeout but he did not give up a run and only allowed one hit.

In the 4th inning, the skies opened up and delayed the game for over an hour.

After the delay, Giolito was taken out of the game after going 4 innings, giving up only one hit, striking out one and walking two.

It is unclear when Lucas will get his next start, but Nationals fans got a taste of what their top prospect can do at the major league level.