Giolito is your prototypical pitching prospect. Standing in at 6-foot-6, 235-pounds he throws a heavy fastball that sits between 94-95 mph with some arm-side ride to it. This past fall he was clocked hitting 97-99 mph, but he seems more comfortable pitching in the mid 90's. He has good off-speed stuff, a breaking ball and a developing change-up. There is room for improvement for both pitches as he has been able to get through the high school ranks with his fastball alone. Projecting as a top five overall pick in this June's 2012 MLB draft, the UCLA recruit has plenty of options at the next level. If he goes the collegiate route, look for him to have a similar career path as first round 2009 high school draftee and UCLA alumni Gerrit Cole.
UCLA Release, Nov. 11, 2011
Three-year varsity baseball letterwinner at Harvard-Westlake School (Studio City, Calif.) under head coach Matt LaCour ... ranked No. 1 in Perfect Game USA's list of the top 300 prospects eligible for the 2012 MLB Draft ... named the 2011 Baseball America High School Pitcher of the Year ... went 9-1 with a 1.00 ERA and four complete games, 76 strikeouts and 28 walks in 70.1 innings as a junior (2011) ... captured All-CIF Southern Section Division II accolades and Mission League Pitcher of the Year honors as a junior (2011) ... threw a no-hitter against Arroyo Grande in a CIF Southern Section Division II contest (May 24, 2011) ... competed at the 2010 and 2011 Area Code Games at Blair Field in Long Beach, Calif. ... named the top pitcher at the 2011 Area Code Games by ESPN Rise Magazine ... played at the 2011 Perfect Game All-American Classic ... selected to USA Baseball's 18U National Team Trials Roster in June 2011.
Head Coach John Savage: "Lucas is the premier right-handed power pitcher in the country. He has made tremendous strides at Harvard-Westlake and can be a dominant pitcher in our program and in the Pac-12 Conference. Lucas has all the physical attributes you look for in a power pitcher."