WASHINGTON (WUSA) — Meet Lucas Giolito, the Nationals first round pick in Monday night’s MLB Draft. The 17-year-old out of Studio City, California became the first high school player the Nats have selected in the first round since Chris Marrero, back in 2006.
“It was a huge surprise,” said Giolito in a conference call. “[The Nats] are a great organization.”
Giolito is committed to UCLA, but obviously, at the right price, General Manager Mike Rizzo can sign him into the Washington organization. Giolito’s represented by CAA, the same agency in charge of Drew Storen and Ryan Zimmerman.
Giolito left reporters on the conference call with a little doubt on Tuesday saying, “I picked UCLA for a reason. Unbelievable pitchers have come from there. We’ll see how everything stands.”
What else you need to know
*If it weren’t for a strained ligament in his elbow, there were talks of the 6-foot-6, 240 pound Giolito going number one overall in the draft. The injury forced the right-hander to miss most of his senior season of high school, but he isn’t concerned.
“I’ve been rehabbing and throwing and working out a lot … to get my arm stronger,” said Giolito, who also added he’s confident the injury won’t be an issue moving forward.
*Giolito has nasty stuff and according @MLBNetworkRadio, he can eventually turn into a number one ace. His fastball has touched 100 MPH, his curve ball is more of a slider at 86-83 MPH, and he’s developing a changeup.
“I use my fastball to bust people [off the plate] … I attack hitters. I’m going to do everything I can to help this team win.”
*Being from Studio City, Calif., Giolito comes from a polished Hollywood background. Per Adam Kilgore, Lucas’ father Rick appeared on the soap opera “As The World Turns” and currently works as a producer. His mother Lindsay Frost has appeared in several movies such as “The Ring” and TV shows, such as “Lost.” Check out her full IMDB profile here.
“[Acting] was never really an option for me. I always played baseball. Arts is huge on my mom’s side of the family … My little brother is into that kind of stuff.”