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Washington's 100-mph-throwing prospect

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08:18 AM ET 12.28 | Thanks to impact trades over the previous two years, the Nationals' top pitching prospect, for now, is Lucas Giolito. The worst case scenario was that the 6-foot-6, 225-pound right-hander, who still has room to grow, would undergo Tommy John surgery and his development would be set back by a year or two. And that's exactly what happened when Giolito pitched in his first professional baseball game on Aug. 14, lasting only two innings. ... There's always a lot of risk in drafting high school pitchers, especially those with injury history, but the Nationals saw the potential. In a way, the Nationals may benefit from the surgery occurring now. In two years, they will have a 20-year-old, big-bodied pitcher with a rebuilt elbow who once hit 100 mph on the radar gun.

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December 28, 2012  08:45 AM ET

Does very pitcher in the Nats organization need Tommy John surgery at one point?

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December 28, 2012  10:10 AM ET

The man will turn 20 with no experience and a 100 mph fastball and maybe if he is very lucky you might hear from him in 5 years afterward.

December 28, 2012  10:14 AM ET

Unless you correct the faulty mechanics that caused the problem you're going to have to deal with yet more operations in the future.

December 28, 2012  10:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

The man will turn 20 with no experience and a 100 mph fastball and maybe if he is very lucky you might hear from him in 5 years afterward.

There is no guarantee that he will hit 100 mph after surgery. That has been known to take something off a pitcher's fastball.

December 28, 2012  12:18 PM ET

Why is this a story?

December 28, 2012  12:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Does very pitcher in the Nats organization need Tommy John surgery at one point?

does every pitcher needs a surgery every time they do arrive in the nationals franchise??? i mean, more than 4 starters had been under the knife and this rookie prospect wouldn't be the exception!!!

December 28, 2012  12:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

There is no guarantee that he will hit 100 mph after surgery. That has been known to take something off a pitcher's fastball.

likewise,,,

December 28, 2012  12:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Unless you correct the faulty mechanics that caused the problem you're going to have to deal with yet more operations in the future.

so it seems, the nationals are a pushover or they do not have the right people working behind all this rooki pitchers though!!!

December 28, 2012  12:54 PM ET

nationals sended strasburg right away to the butcher,,, zimmerman as well, and now this new guy to the shelf, its there anything durable any more now days??

December 29, 2012  07:07 AM ET

Remember the name. He'll be serving you a Whopper with french fries in a couple of years.

December 29, 2012  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

There is no guarantee that he will hit 100 mph after surgery. That has been known to take something off a pitcher's fastball.

However, in some cases, the pitcher comes back throwing harder

December 29, 2012  06:54 PM ET

Hype, is worth more than the player!!!

 
December 29, 2012  11:47 PM ET

Nats! They will be a force for the next 10 years, move aside Yankees and Bosox....your days are past.

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