One of the highest touted high school baseball prospects in the nation got a bit of bad news on Wednesday as Harvard-Westlake High school's Lucas Giolito will likely miss his entire season with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament (UCL).
Head coach Matt LaCour confirmed the injury Wednesday after Giolito left his Tuesday start after 6 1/3 innings. It was a tough outing for him as he allowed two runs on five hits, three walks and four strikeouts. He also uncharacteristically hit three batters as well.
"He's crushed. His teammates are crushed," LaCour told the Los Angeles Times' Eric Sondheimer. "His coaches are crushed, and we're going to have to spend the next two days getting back on track."
Surgery is not needed on Giolito's elbow, though he is expected to be sidelined 6 to 10 weeks. The MLB draft is approximately 12 weeks away, where he is expected to be one of the top picks out of high school this season.