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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