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The Crest of the Nats’ Wave: RHP Lucas Giolito

Nationals top prospect RHP Lucas Giolito (Photo Courtesy: Alex Brandon/AP)

Nationals top prospect RHP Lucas Giolito
(Photo Courtesy: Alex Brandon/AP)

In 2009 the Washington Nationals drafted Stephen Strasburg first overall in the first-year player draft, and with the tenth overall pick they took Drew Storen as compensation for failing to sign 2008 first-rounder Aaron Crow. The next year, they surprised no-one by taking Bryce Harper first overall. The following year Anthony Rendon, considered some to be the top offensive talent in the draft, fell to the Nats with the sixth overall pick. With a compensation pick received from the White Sox by way of voodoo magic, they also took RHP Alex Meyer with the 23rd overall pick and then used their own supplemental pick to take Brian Goodwin with the 34th pick. With the signing of Raphael Soriano to be their closer in 2013 costing them their first-round pick, the Nationals ended up having one last first-rounder in 2012 that should bear it’s fruit on the tail end of the Nationals quest to becoming great; They took RHP Lucas Giolito.

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