6’6” big boy; muscular build throughout; dreamer’s body for an innings eater horse; elite arm strength; stays tall throughout delivery; arm stab in back to a high ¾ arm slot; creates extreme downhill plane; has high leg kick but momentum varies to the plate from the windup; stretch: 1.2-1.3 range; has extremely long stride and keeps good balance throughout delivery; hips and shoulders rotate and explode fast towards plate; can land towards 1B side and hips open early; ball explodes from hand; delivery has a bit of effort; can get violent at times when reaching back for extra velocity.
Hagerstown Suns (Low A, Nationals)
70; elite level starter
sat comfortably at 92-95 but could reach back for 96, 97 when needed, hit 98; extreme plane; late, late life and bores on hitters; explosive out of hand; changes eye level of hitters extreme amount; command is below avg presently; with command improvement could be elite level pitch based on extreme plane and life making it nearly impossible to square.
wipeout pitch; extreme depth in pitch; looks like a fastball half-way through then dives; has true hammer 11-5 shape; tight, tight spin; massive snap and bite with two-plane break; can throw for a strike and chase pitch; elite level offering.
comes from same arm motion as FB; arm-side sink with deep vertical action; bottom falls out; very loose command; presently can get firm and loose effectiveness at higher velo; mostly effective because of FB fear; needs to throw in strike zone more to become effective swing and miss pitch; presently average with development to get to plus-plus.
There’s extreme risk here obvious with TJ on his resume. Giolito could very well be the top pitching prospect by year’s end and rightfully so. That being said, he’s not perfect. The command profile is fringy and needs work. Giolito could very well have the most elite arsenal in all of the minors but tends to nibble too much around the plate instead of attacking hitters. His fastball is an elite offering that he will dominate with at the highest level to go along with an elite curveball. The changeup is a work in progress but when gets it, it may be the most effective he’ll have based on fear of the others. Giolito is something special.