Washington Nationals News: Lucas Giolito remains MLB Pipeline’s No. 1 RHP prospect

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Jul 12, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; USA pitcher Lucas Giolito throws against the World Team in the first inning during the All Star Futures Game at Great American Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 12, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; USA pitcher Lucas Giolito throws against the World Team in the first inning during the All Star Futures Game at Great American Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports /
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Today’s District Daily features stories on Washington Nationals top prospect Lucas Giolito and some comments from Dusty Baker.

Good evening DoD readers, and welcome to today’s District Daily. Get caught up on the latest Nats news with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web below.

In today’s Daily, MLB.com’s Jim Callis discusses MLB’s top 10 right-handed prospects. As Callis notes, Nationals prospect Lucas Giolito comes in at No. 1 among RHPs, maintaining the same ranking he had last year.

Giolito, the Nationals’ No. 1 prospect, is considered by many to be one of the best pitching prospects in the game. Some view him as the natural heir to Stephen Strasburg, who could leave the team via free agency next winter.

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While Giolito will likely start the season in the minor leagues, there’s a good chance we’ll see him on a big league mound at some point in 2016. In any event, his spot atop the rankings demonstrates that he’s one of the most exciting young talents in the game and a key part of the Nationals’ future.

The RHP ranking is part of MLBPipeline.com’s series of rankings where they rank the best prospects at each position. The series will culminate in the unveiling of the 2016 Top 100 Prospects list, which will be released on Friday, Jan. 29.

Also in today’s Daily, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson discusses Dusty Baker’s take on the Nationals’ acquisitions of Daniel Murphy and Ben Revere.

Be sure to check out both articles below, they’re definitely worth a read. And as always, stay tuned to DoD for all your Washington Nationals needs.

2016 Prospect Watch: Top 10 right-handed pitchers

(Jim Callis, MLB.com)

MLBPipeline.com will unveil its 2016 Top 100 Prospects list on Friday, Jan. 29, on MLB.com. The Top 50 will be revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball’s top 10 prospects at each position.

The endless search for pitching means that most of baseball’s top 10 right-handed pitching prospects were in high demand as amateurs. Five of the 10 hurlers were first-round picks and seven of them received a seven-figure bonus, with Jose De Leon (who signed for $35,000 as a 24th-rounder out of Southern University) the only one of the who emerged from obscurity.

Lucas Giolito repeats as the No. 1 righty from a year ago, while Tyler Glasnowmoves up from No. 3 to No. 2. Read full article here.

Baker says Murphy, Revere fill needs for Nats

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — With second baseman Daniel Murphy and outfielder Ben Revere on the roster, manager Dusty Baker likes the way the Nationals are shaping up for the 2016 season. The Nats signed Murphy to a three-year, $37.5 million deal this offseason, and they acquired Revere in a trade with the Blue Jays.

Baker pointed out that the Nationals needed left-handed hitters to balance the starting lineup, and Murphy and Revere solve that problem. The Nats needed a leadoff hitter after losing Denard Span, and Baker said Revere will be at the top spot. Read full article here.

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