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Down on the Farm: Lucas Giolito makes his debut
Lucas Giolito became the next big prospect to make his debut in 2016. He joined pitchers like Julio Urias, Jose Berrios, and Jameson Taillon to name a few. Many analysts have Giolito as their top ranking prospect for 2016. Lets take a look at his outing, expectations for the rest of the season and other prospects of note.
Lucas Giolito made his major league debut Tuesday night against the New York Mets. It was a debut that got cut short due to weather and is likely something that should help the young pitcher. He ended up going 4 innings allowing just 1 hit. He struck out only one batter and walked two. He was starting to labor in the 4th inning. Had he stayed in the outing could have gone sideways. As for what Giolito’s fantasy value holds the rest of the season I definitely have my doubts. Those concerns have little to do with Giolito and more to do with the Nationals front office, manager Dusty Baker, and an already stable rotation. Assuming Stephen Strasburg is “fine” for his next outing he is unquestionably back in the rotation. Gio Gonzalez hasn’t been bad enough to warrant being replaced. His numbers actually say he should be better over the second half of the season. At most I would expect a September call up with a spot start or two in between. Those in non-keeper or dynasty formats should hold for another potential start if the Nats want to keep Strasburg out until after the All Star break.
Fellow Nationals prospect Trea Turner is still in AAA due in large part to Danny Espinosa, who has been very good defensively and has not been a mess at the plate. The interesting bit of news surrounding Turner is the fact that he is playing center field for the Syracuse Chiefs. If this move is something the Nationals want to try in the majors we could see Turner soon. This would be bad for Michael Taylor who has shown pop and speed during his time in the bigs despite a less than ideal .235 batting average. This is definitely a situation to monitor.
Things have not been going well for A.J. Reed since getting the call. He was supposed to fill the first base void for the Houston Astros but he has only worsened the situation. He is hitless in 10 at bats with six strikeouts. Plate discipline was not his strongest skill in the minors and it shows despite the two walks he had in his first game getting called up. Marwin Gonzalez took over at first base on Tuesday night giving Reed the night off. A return to AAA could be something in the near future for Reed if something doesn’t click soon. Alex Bregman may be the next Astro to get the call. He has displayed a strong walk rate and almost .300 average in AA. He will be apart of the Futures game during All Star Weekend and is someone fantasy owners should watch. The game will take place July 10th and is a great source for the next wave of MLB stars. For a full breakdown and rosters check out CBS Sports.