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Giolito "confident" elbow is no issue

Jun 5, 2012, 5:54 PM EDT

For a 17-year-old who just finished high school last week, Lucas Giolito comes across as extremely bright and well-spoken. It certainly can't hurt that the Nationals' first-round draft pick comes from a family used to being in the spotlight (his mother, Lindsay Frost, has appeared in dozens of TV shows; his uncle, Mark Frost, co-created the series Twin Peaks; and his grandfather, Warren Frost, played George Costanza's would-be father-in-law on Seinfeld (had George's fiance, of course, not died from licking too many toxic wedding invitation envelopes).

If nothing else, Giolito seemed at ease speaking to baseball writers on a conference call a few minutes ago … at least, during the parts where the phone connection was clear. He expressed confidence that his strained elbow isn't an issue, expressed surprise and elation that he was drafted by the Nationals and said he tries to emulate Justin Verlander and Stephen Strasburg.

Here are some highlights from the right-hander's session with us…

Q: How are you doing health-wise, and what can do currently do?
"I've had some of the best doctors around treat me, and I'm feeling really good. I'm confident this issue is behind me. I'm been throwing on flat ground, I've been getting it out really far, so far I'm around 280-300 feet long-toss, and then I come back in. I'm throwing pretty hard fromRead more ยป

  1. Section 222 - Jun 5, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    He's excited to be drafted by the Nationals. Wow. We have come a long way. Sounds like we have a very good shot to sign this guy. Well done Rizzo.

  2. Tcostant - Jun 5, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    "…really just a huge surprise to get taken by such a great organization."To quote the old Virginia Slims ads, we come a long way baby!

  3. peric - Jun 5, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Strasburg, Gio, Purke, fellow Californian Kylin Turbull, Solis, plus positionally: Harper, Espinosa (YES Espinosa), Desmond, Lombardozzi, Rendon, and even Goodwin.These kids know who these young players are. They understand it could be a really good place to grow up into the majors.

  4. JamesFan - Jun 5, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    The compliment to Washington is a pleasant surprise. We like to think this is true and I believe it is, but could also be a pretty good negotiating move by the agent to have him say this.Signing him may be a real challenge. My guess is that his parents will nudge him toward UCLA even though passing up this opportunity is high risk if baseball is his real love.

  5. natsfan1a - Jun 5, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Welcome to Lucas (Luke?).(Too bad George didn't go with the "manly" invitation plan: "I think that if the wedding invitations were left up to the men, we'd just drive around sticking flyers in windshields …y'know… Not even typed up either, just Magic Marker, Xerox, you know…Party!!")

  6. Grandstander - Jun 5, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Does anyone know who he's represented by?

  7. natsfan1a - Jun 5, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Grandstander, from Mark's earlier post:"The Nationals also have a limited window to sign Giolito (who is advised by the same agency that represents Ryan Zimmerman, Drew Storen and John Lannan) with MLB's deadline moved up to July 13 from August 15."

  8. sm13 - Jun 5, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Worst case, he needs TJ sugery and it delays his first start in Hagerstown until he is 19. Not a big. He's represented by the agency that is the agent for RZim. Hopefully he is anxious to sign and we'll have some of our allocation left to sign some of our other picks.

  9. hiramhover - Jun 5, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    C'mon, folks–of course he's saying nice things about the team! Because:a. the Nats are a pretty good team, and b. you're always supposed to say nice things about the team that drafted you–no matter what.No need to go all Sally Field: "he likes us, he really does!"

  10. peric - Jun 5, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Signing him may be a real challenge. My guess is that his parents will nudge him toward UCLA even though passing up this opportunity is high risk if baseball is his real love.They've got him … its why they are already into signability picks. Its going to be a lean draft thanks to Selig … its all about Giolito and perhaps Boras client Mooneyham. Selig + Kasten == cheap, cheap, cheap not the Lerners. That much is crystal clear.

  11. NatsLady - Jun 5, 2012 at 7:09 PM

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  12. Frediemac - Jun 5, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Anybody know why our pick in the 2nd Round is #80 overall? Is this because there are so many compensation picks?

  13. JD - Jun 5, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Frediemac, Exactly !

  14. JD - Jun 5, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    If I'm not mistaken they are discontinuing draft compensation for lost free agents or at least limiting them. I don't feel like researching so I may be wrong here.

  15. Tcostant - Jun 5, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Fred:2nd pick is Tony Renda (2B Cal)3rd Pick is Stanford SP Brett MooneyhamHere is a link to follow picks:http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/post/nationals-take-2b-tony-renda-in-the-second-round/2012/06/05/gJQA3wEFGV_blog.html

  16. pRAA - Jun 5, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Anybody know why our pick in the 2nd Round is #80 overall? Is this because there are so many compensation picks?Also, I think the Nats lost their second round pick when they signed a free agent – Edwin Jackson, most likely.

  17. Tcostant - Jun 5, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    JD there are new limitations, the biggest being you must be on a team a full year to get compensation. So any free agent to be trade this summer, the team that aquires the player will loss him for no draft pick if they dont resign him.

  18. CN - Jun 5, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Hopefully Giolito is wearing a curly W cap on his 18th b-day, that would make for the best Bastille Day ever…

  19. SCNatsFan - Jun 5, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    I think you can read his committment to UCLA being worthless; if the idea is he goes and proves himself and gets drafted higher, going for more money, then I think we can all agree he won't be going for all 4 years. The question is if the numbers are good enough for him to sign here and Rizzo and Co. have shown that paying prospects is not a problem. The same issues about a cap will exist next year too; some of the guys drafted high will have to realize sooner or later that they missed out on the huge payday by a year. It wouldn't surprise me if it took right until the deadline for the dominoes to start to fall because no one is quite sure what these prospects are worth or what they will have to settle for.

  20. ChiefWJ - Jun 5, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Unlike college players or JUCO players, this doesn't look like a negotiation driven by one-year leverage for the draftee–if he doesn't sign, he can't be drafted again for three years as long as he stays in a four-year college. So, he has less leverage than a third-year college player who could not sign & re-enter the pool the next year (e.g., Aaron Crow) or a HS player who is willing to go to junior college. I'd guess if he winds up going to UCLA its because he really wants to.

  21. SFNats - Jun 5, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    hiramhover said…"C'mon, folks–of course he's saying nice things about the team! Because: a. the Nats are a pretty good team, and b. you're always supposed to say nice things about the team that drafted you–no matter what."————————————–I dunno, hiram. Did you see Mark Appel's statement after he was drafted by the Pirates yesterday?"I'm currently concentrating on winning a national championship and finishing my academic endeavors at Stanford. I will address the possibility of a professional career in due time."Doesn't exactly sound thrilled.

  22. SonnyG10 - Jun 5, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Do we have a smaller pool of money to sign players? If so, why is that? Are we being punished for signing over slot last year?

  23. Steady Eddie - Jun 5, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Sonny — I believe the pool for each team is set largely based on their draft order, on the principle that higher slot draftees get more money.Not punishment for overslot last year, but because we finished in the top half of MLB.

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