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Topic - Spin Williams
Lucas Giolito, the Washington Nationals' top pick in this year's draft, will have Tommy John surgery Aug. 31, a team source told The Washington Times on Thursday.
Lucas Giolito tugged on the red Washington Nationals cap and buttoned up a No. 30 jersey over his light-blue checkered collared shirt. He didn't mind the extra layer, even in the oppressive D.C. heat.
George Allen, the late, legendary coach of the Washington Redskins, is famously known for the quote, "The future is now," which encapsulated his philosophy of building a winner: Eschew youth, trade as many draft picks as possible and load up on wizened, savvy veterans.
"Not that the breaking ball is not important, but we wanted to emphasize command of the fastball and the straight change," he said. "Obviously as a starting pitcher you've got to have three or four pitches, but we really want to make them understand what's gonna take them to each level."
"The bottom line is that we're trying to slow the process down," said Spin Williams, who is serving his first season as the Nationals' minor league pitching coordinator. "We're trying to give our pitchers the opportunity to succeed, number one, but also to get seasoning in the minor leagues and to make sure they can move to the next level. Not just from a physical standpoint but from a mental standpoint to make sure they understand what it takes to succeed."