Saturday Review: Can Lucas Giolito Become Dominant in 2018?

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 03: Lucas Giolito
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 03: Lucas Giolito /

White Sox young hurler had a solid first season on the South Side in 2017, but he didn’t utilize his curveball as much. How effective can he be next season?

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Lucas Giolito had a solid first season with the team in 2017. The former overall top prospect in baseball, Giolito showed Sox fans why he was highly regarded when he was with the Washington Nationals.

Giolito started seven games for the Sox this past season and compiled a 3-3 record with a 2.38 ERA. Although Giolito ended his season strongly with the Sox, the 23-year-old didn’t rely heavily on his curveball. Instead, according to James Fegan of the Athletic, Giolito succeeded mostly due to his ability to go out of the strike zone. In fact, Giolito led all Sox pitchers in pitches out of the zone.

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Fegan describes in detail how Giolito was able to be effective this past season despite a fastball that averaged around 92 mph. According to Fegan, Giolito bucked scouting reports from Triple-A in 2017 with better fastball command. However, Fegan mentions its best to hope Giolito could get a higher strikeout rate than his 19 percent rate from 2017 if he finds the feel of his curveball again.

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