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“Whatever they want me to do,” he said, “it’s obviously for the best.”

Assuming sustained health, there’s every reason to believe Giolito can advance through the Nationals’ farm system at a relatively quick pace. The scouting world certainly expects big things from him: Baseball America rates him the 21st-best prospect in the game, the 2nd-best teenager currently in the minors.

Giolito knows about all the projections. He’s lived under the spotlight most of his young life.

For now, this 6-foot-6, 255-pound ace-in-waiting is concerned simply about pitching a full professional season for the first time. Rest assured, whatever that leads to, he’ll be well-prepared to handle.

“I just want to become a better pitcher and throw more innings and have more experience,” he said. “As far as where I want to be, that’s not something that’s in my control, really. I can just be the best pitcher I can be and hope for the best.”