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Scouting Video: Lucas Giolito vs. Clint Coulter

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June 4, 2012

I remember this at bat very well. I bet both these guys do, too.

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Scouting Video: Lucas Giolito, RHP, Harvard-Westlake (2012 Draft)

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May 28, 2012

Lucas Giolito is seen here in January. I’ve covered him, you can read any of my umpteen stories on him. Don’t get your dingles in a knot, he’ll be fine.

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Lucas Giolito Rehab Update

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May 23, 2012

Lucas Giolito threw a flat ground session Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles. Giolito threw from 60 feet and then out to 120 feet, then back to 60 feet. His arm worked smooth and he showed mechanics. For those of you not familiar with a flat ground session, it means he basically played normal catch, then stretched it long, and then came back in to 60 feet. The last 10 throws or so showed good zip. Understand that in these sessions we are only concerned with how the arm works, the smoothness of the delivery, and that he is throwing pain free. You don’t throw breaking balls in these looks. He checks out on all three fronts. A handful of scouts were in to see this workout, but as a token of professional courtesy, boys, I’m not naming clubs in public.  I’m just that kind of guy.

Scouting Video: Lucas Giolito & Max Fried (2012 Draft)

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May 23, 2012

Lucas Giolito and Max Fried are seen here joined at the hip one last time, throwing flat out on the backfields. They actually both grab for the same ball on the last throw back. Talk about two dogs after the same bone. Hey all you Harvard-Westlake people, do me a solid and buy my books. I mean, come on, who else do you know covered Austin, Gio and Fried as much and as well as I did. Help out a brother. One for Dad and one for the kid. Trust me, it’s worth it. Hardcover or e-copy, don’t matter. I’m writing for Thomas Dunne Books/St.Martin’s Press/MacMillan these days, straight up 175 Fifth Avenue New York, when I’m not tapping away at this goofy little site. 

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Top 12 with Video on the Compton Countdown: #1, Lucas Giolito

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March 16, 2012

Number 1 on the Compton list. Well, duh. Giolito. Even with the bump in the road. That injury is the pitcher’s version of stubbing your toe, but the nomenclature that got attatched to it when the news broke, “season-ending injury,” made it sound catastropic, which it is not, and I’m willing to bet my lunch that some guys with better medical credentials than me will agree.

Seriously, I’ve been in a big league locker room enough times to know how this would have played out at the major league level: The manager would have skipped one start and then arranged the rotation so an off-day allowed him to skip another turn. With two starts down, then the team would DL the guy, so he’d miss two more starts. It’s a four-start injury for the physically mature. Let me see. I covered that news cycle. Oh, once, the Mets PR guy got pissed off at me because I got Willie Randolph to tell me in front of 20 reporters that Pedro Martinez couldn’t throw his breaking ball yet while he was on the DL. Hey, sorry, Willie, you played in the big leagues, and when someone asked you a smart question, “Duh,” was not the answer. But in this case of young Giolito here, “Duh,” remains the answer, he’s got number one on my first and last Compton Countdown, even with that ape-shit Wednesday morning in March.

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Hunting the 100 MPH Kid – Lucas Giolito Scouting Update with Video

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March 6, 2012

A big crowd came to see Bigfoot – the Lucas Giolito 100 MPH fastball he reportedly hit in his previous start. I was not an eyewitness to the first reported Bigfoot, but neither was the reporter who reported it.

While I have no doubt that the triple-digits reside in that long, lanky limb, until I see it, it’s an urban legend. But what we have to remember is that Hunting the 100 MPH fastball is only a media frenzy and not real scouting. So what he showed us Tuesday was not terrible, though admittedly not his best. But I’d love to be 93-95 on a day in which he had a rather nasty blister on his finger. So right away, that tampers this scouting sample, but we’ll go with what we got anyhow.

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Scouting Update: Lucas Giolito, RHP, Harvard-Westlake (2012 Draft)

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February 27, 2012

First start of the high school year, show me something – 97 and 98 in the first inning is what I got – and that’ll do just fine.

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2012 Draft Pitching Prospects at MLSB Showcase

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February 13, 2012

A fine Saturday was had at Major League Baseball’s Dominican Republic facility in South Los Angeles. I took some time away from my duties editing my “Bushville Wins!” typeset pages from my publisher, St. Martin’s, to put on the old scouting hat and go see what the Disco Dan Spectacular had in store for us here in 2012.

My first comment is that 2012 is vastly better than 2011. I’m glad, because last year nearly crushed my will to live. I mean, there are guys starting at schools in the Pac-10 as freshman who weren’t invited to this thing last year, so I always enter the thing with a little bit of a grain of salt and half a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich to get me through. And I don’t have black wingtip shoes on, so I know I’m not an agent, and none of the kids are mine, so I know I’m not a dad. I’m not even a snarky shrimpy scouty sniffer type. Hey, look at me. Man of the people.

OK, my usual social commentary aside, here’s the deal. It’s a good year for right-handed pitching. It’s an OK year for defense at the skill positions. Save for one dude, there is virtually no raw power. There’s not a whole lot of speed to go around. There are only a few hitters I would really feel confidant dreaming on at the major league level. In other words, it’s a pretty typical year save for a few real obvious prospects and the right-handed depth.

What I’m going to do in these two stories is recount everyone I saw. I have notes on everyone and I have tons of video. I’m going to depart from the norm and do a top 10 prospects list off this thing, but not here. This is to encourage new readership, since many people find us for the first time because of coverage of events like this.

We will run a top 10 list, forthcoming, with video, in the coming days.

And as for the new readers, kids and families and fans, etc. – yes, this is how I write this site. I absolutely play no favorites like the pay-to-play world does, though I often am harder on guys I like the most. Yes, I do enjoy my voice. Just don’t crush my will to live. Thanks.

First the pitchers, in no special order:

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Scouting Update: Lucas Giolito, RHP, Harvard-Westlake HS (2012 Draft)

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January 16, 2012

Back when Luc Giolito was a youngster, say about 15, not the wrinkly old man of 17 he is today, I saw him wear No. 34 at the Area Code Games as a sophomore. I wisely cracked he was the “Giolito Express.”

Now, it is a fact that I often wise crack and Giolito often expresses. The truth is that I’ve actually been watching him since 2009, when I first saw him one fine day at Birmingham High warming up on a mound that resembled the city dump before they fixed it up. I think he was probably throwing 89-92 that day and he looked skin and bones.

On Saturday morning here in the year of Giolito’s Draft and the Mayan Apocalypse, I had a fresh look at Giolito at Former Dodger Owner Field. Since there’s no box on the scouting card marked HUMOROUS BUT SAVVY BASEBALL OBSERVATIONS, I’ll just fill it out right here. These days, I’m disposing of the scout cards in favor of the Spider Jorgensen method – gimme a pen and a cocktail napkin and I’ll whip ya’ll.

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Notes from the 2011 Petco Park Game

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August 14, 2011

The way I figured it, I had three group 1 pitchers, nine group 2 pitchers and seven group 3 pitchers. Since I’m borrowing from the pro structure, I’ll say that your group 1 guys are expected to be major league front-end rotation starters, your group 2 guys should be middle rotation starters or potential closers, and your group 3 guys are fringy college guys, roster fillers, bullpen types, and eventually employable yet interchangeable arms.

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