predicts big things for Lucas Giolito predicts big things for Lucas Giolito
January 4, 2014, 10:15 am
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Lucas Giolito reaffirmed his status as a top pitching prospect in 2013 after successfully returning from Tommy John surgery. He managed just 11 starts before the year was out, so the sample size is still small, but many expect a bright future for the former first round pick.

Among those predicting big things for Giolito is expert Jonathan Mayo. Mayo is a respected opinion on the MLB draft, minor leagues and upcoming prospects. He believes Giolito will have a "huge" season in 2014.

Mayo was asked which pitchers will dominate the minors this season and Giolito made his list of ten. See the full group here.

Giolito split last year with the Gulf Coast Nationals and the Auburn Doubledays of the New York-Penn League. He finished 2013 with a 1.96 ERA with 39 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings.

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He came back from Tommy John in July and showed the high 90s heat that made him a first round pick in 2012. Baseball America then called him the Nationals' top prospect in November.

Giolito is still only 19 and is unlikely to make an impact in the majors this year. But if he has a season like Mayo thinks he will, it won't be long before he's knocking on the door to come to Washington.