For Nationals top prospect Lucas Giolito, the wait is finally over.
The Nats announced on Monday their plans to call up the former first round pick to make his major league debut on Tuesday night against the NL East rival New York Mets.
Giolito, 21, joins the Nats as the top-rated prospect in baseball. The 6-foot-6 right-hander held a 3.17 ERA through 14 starts at Double-A Harrisburg. Over his last nine games he posted a 2.41 ERA with 55 strikeouts in 52 1/3 innings.
"He's ready for the task," manager Dusty Baker said after revealing the news.
The Nats hosting the Mets already made for a big game and Giolito's debut will only add to the excitement. He'll pitch opposite Matt Harvey, another former first round pick who underwent Tommy John sugery.
The Nationals took Giolito with the 16th overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft. He had Tommy John that August and has since worked his way up through the Nats' minor league system. Giolito participated in his first big league spring training this year.
Giolito fared well this spring - he allowed three earned runs in 6 2/3 innings - and Baker is ready to see what he's got.
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