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Giolito, Turner to play in Futures Game

Jun 25, 2015, 3:35 PM EST

July 17, 2012; Washington, D.C., USA; Washington Nationals first round draft pick Lucas Giolito in the dugout before a game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Baseball announced Thursday that right-handed pitcher Lucas Giolito and infielder Trea Turner have been selected to represent the Nationals at the 2015 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The 20-year-old Giolito was drafted by the Nationals in 2012, and is widely considered one of the best pitching prospects in the game. He’s currently 2-4 with a 2.71 ERA for the Single-A Potomac Nationals. In 2014, he was named Minor League Pitcher of the Year by the organization after going 10-2 with 2.20 ERA for Single-A Hagerstown.

Turner, 21, was the final piece of the Steve Souza Jr. trade, as he was the player to be named player, joining the organization on June 14.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for both of them to get a chance to be on a national stage and show their talent,” manager Matt Williams said. “I think they are both very talented young players and they’re improving quickly. That’s good. That’s good for the organization, it’s good for them to be a part of that and represent. It’s good for both of them. We’re happy for both of them.”

The game is typically considered a showcase for up-and-coming talent across the minor leagues, and in years past has featured the likes of Danny Espinosa, Bryce Harper, Taylor Jordan and Michael A. Taylor.

  1. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    Rizzo’s assistant called Trea Turner with the good news about the All Star Future’s Game and he was happy. Today he was rewarded with a promotion to AAA Syracuse—I wonder if he was happy about that 😉

    I’m not a big fan of the roster they have in AAA. It’s littered with AAAA types and just don’t know how that clubhouse is. I know that Harrisburg clubhouse is good.

    • natsnatsnatswoo - Jun 25, 2015 at 9:01 PM

      Why would he not be happy with going to Syracuse? It’s one step closer to being in The Show.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2015 at 10:35 AM

        The future stars are in Harrisburg. Outside of AJ Cole and Taylor Jordan and some relief pitchers, the position player roster is a bunch of retreads. I worry about how the clubhouse is.

    • drazthegr8 - Jun 25, 2015 at 10:11 PM

      Rizzo seems to not like to leave top prospects in Syracuse for long… I wonder what is brewing with the big league roster. I’m not sure what the Nats could get for Desi and/or if that would even open a spot for Turner, but I have to think he’s not more than a month or two away… Or, is Turner the one to be traded?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 25, 2015 at 10:34 PM

        It’s a head scratcher and I’ve made calls to inquire. My sources say the kid mastered AA and will certainly see MLB this year. I’m sure Rizzo has to be listening to trades and much is dependent on Werth and RZim’s health and how Desi progresses.

      • drazthegr8 - Jun 25, 2015 at 10:42 PM

        I’m with you Ghost and appreciate your looking into this.

        I just don’t see a spot for Turner on the team in 2015. And… I think it would take a lot to start his clock so early. But, to your point, he has mastered the level…

        I was trying to see if there were any runs of road interleague games where they could pull a “Kyle Schwarber,” with the DH spot, but no dice with that.

        The only thing that makes sense is a trade… or two…

  2. Joe Seamhead - Jun 25, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    The bus sure is moving fast for Trea.The kid leaves Texas, spends two weeks in Harrisburg and has to go make all new friends in Syracuse. Don’t unpack.

    • drazthegr8 - Jun 25, 2015 at 10:54 PM

      Friends? The guys in Syracuse can tell him stories about what the 90s were like…

  3. Joe Seamhead - Jun 26, 2015 at 6:59 AM

    Dizziness is up to something.This”promotion” makes no sense at face value.I can’t see Trea getting traded. As far as him coming up early? Again, it just seems unlikely to burn a year of his control, doesn’t it? And as much as I’d love to have his speed available as a pinch runner, I still can’t see him as being ready by any stretch of the imagination. And if Trea Turner were to be involved in a trade it would have to be a blockbuster. Hmmm, indeed.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 26, 2015 at 7:02 AM

      Damn auto-correct. “Rizzo” became “Dizziness!” LOL!

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