Washington Nationals pick Lucas Giolito

The Washington Nationals selected Harvard-Westlake pitcher Lucas Giolito in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft with the 16th pick overall.

Giolito slipped in the draft, but not out of the first round. He was projected as possibly the first pick in the draft before he sprained his ulnar collateral ligament and made only three starts in his senior season.

The right-hander was 2-1 with a 0.84 ERA in his senior season at Harvard-Westlake. Giolito was 9-1 with 78 strikeouts and a 1.00 ERA in 70 1/3 innings pitched in his junior season. He had three shutouts and tossed four complete games.

Giolito is committed to play at UCLA.