Tag:2012 MLB Draft
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:12 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2012 2:14 pm

Highly-ranked draft prospect sprains UCL

By Matt Snyder

According to various scouting outlets like Baseball America, high school pitcher Lucas Giolito (Harvard-Westlake High School in Studio City, California) was a possibility as the No. 1 overall pick in this coming June's MLB Draft. Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times is reporting that the 6-foot-6 right-handed pitcher has sprained his ulnar-collateral ligament and will be out six to 10 weeks.

If a UCL of the elbow is torn, that's what requires the famed Tommy John surgery, but Giolito hasn't torn it. Still, one has to tread carefully with an injury to that ligament, because it could cost over a year and possibly alter a career if torn.

Giolito has signed to play with UCLA, but if he was taken in the top few picks of the MLB Draft he'd likely be headed straight to the pros. Now, it's anyone's guess. Jim Callis of Baseball America said Giolito "could plummet" in the draft, in the wake of this news, but it "depends on asking price."

The LA Times reports Giolito hit 100 on the radar gun twice last week. He entered the season ranked second on Baseball America's top 100 draft prospects list, behind Mark Appel of Stanford.

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Posted on: February 2, 2012 1:21 pm

Baseball America names top 100 draft prospects

By Matt Snyder

Baseball America is the authority on the MLB Draft, and the publication has released its top 100 draft prospects for 2012. Mark Appel of Stanford is atop the list.

Appel is a 6-foot-5 right-handed pitcher and is a currently a junior at Stanford. He was 6-7 with a 3.02 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 110 1/3 innings last season. He only allowed two home runs all season, which is quite the feat in college.

Lucas Giolito, a right-handed pitcher from Harvard-Westlake High School in California checks in at No. 2 on the list. Outfielder Byron Buxton from Appling County High School in Georgia is third while Deven Marrero (SS, Arizona State) and Mike Zunino (C, Florida) round out the top five. Head over to Baseball America for the full list and subscribers can check out the scouting reports for each of the 100 players.

The Astros have the top pick in this June's draft, followed by the Twins, Mariners, Orioles and Royals.

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