The Nationals now have all of their top-ten draft picks in the fiold with the signing of first-rounder Lucas Giolito.
Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post reports that the team secured the hard-throwing right-hander just before Friday’s signing deadline with a a $2.925 million signing bonus.
The Studio City, Calif., native was once considered a possible No. 1 overall pick before concerns about a strained ligament in his right elbow dropped him to the No. 16 spot, where the Nationals drafted him.
Giolito, a high school senior who turned 18 this weekend, has a fastball that’s been clocked at 100 mph, as well as a hard curve and a changeup.
He’ll report to the Nationals’ complex in Viera, Fla., to continue his rehab from the ligament injury. It’s unclear whether he will pitch in the minors this season. Kilgore reports Giolito has been playing long toss, but has yet to pitch off a mound.