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Lucas Giolito

Born: 07/14/1994 (Age: 21)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 6" Weight: 245
High 3/4 arm slot; low energy expending delivery; won't wear himself out; loose arm action; creates easy velocity; looks effortless out of hand; even pace from start to finish; soft front foot landing; can drift towards first; will rush at times, especially with men on base; always has to be mindful of controlling large body; 1.27-1.35 out of stretch.
Evaluator Chris Mellen
Report Date 07/29/2015
Affiliate Harrisburg Senators (AA, Nationals)
Dates Seen 07/28/2015
OFP 80
MLB ETA 2016
Video No
Pitch Type Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
Fastball 70 93-95 96 Average command; ingredients for plus-to-better; flashed stretches of strong precision to target; shows downward finish, especially in the lower tier; on the heavy side; will induce ground balls; learning importance of moving around to all four quadrants; at times late slight cut when thrown to glove side; velocity started to drop a tick in 5th inning; still in earlier stages of building stamina.
Curveball 80 81-83 84 Excellent two-plan action; throws with a very loose wrist; consistent tight rotation and depth; power offering; will change shape depending on the situation; plus command; replicates release to that of fastball; confidence to use at any point in the count; will miss bats at the highest level; can be best in its class in MLB.
Changeup 60 80-83 85 Immature offering at times, but flashes quality action; needs some time to fully come along; arm-speed is there; release can be inconsistent; will fool; benefits from hitters having to combat near-elite curveball; may end up more of a weak contact inducing pitch against major-league bats.

Outstanding raw stuff; fastball/curveball can dominate outings at highest level down the line; gap exists with changeup, but runway to reach future grade and emerge as third weapon at disposal; overall package still in earlier stages of polishing rough edges and finer points of executing craft; expect growing pains in upper levels; built to log 200-plus innings a year; future rotation anchor; highly confident this arm can challenge as top of position during peak.

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