I know with Washington, he was up 100 mph, or close to it, he said. His last pitch in the sixth inning against Cincinnati in the minor-league game (in spring training), was 97. So I know the velocity’s there.
Lopez might edge out Giolito in the fastball department, but his start as a professional came with much less fanfare. Lopez began his career by agreeing to a $17,000 signing bonus with the Nationals out of the Dominican Republic in 2012. Arm issues limited him to only 16 total innings in his first two years with the franchise, but from there his fastball — and his career — took off.
Another thing he doesn’t have is Giolito’s stature. He’s just 6 feet tall and listed at 185 pounds. For some, that’s an issue. That’s part of the reason ESPN’s Keith Law kept him out of his Top 100 prospect ranking: He’s a little guy whose arm action doesn’t use his lower half, and I think he’ll lack the command or durability to start — but could be electric in a relief role.
Limited Kids Crockett Gillmore Jersey D.J. Fluker has found a new NFL home with the New York Giants.
The former Chargers offensive lineman signed a one-year deal with the Giants on Saturday, according to NFL.com. Further details on the contract have not yet been released.
Game Mens Andre Hal Jersey Fluker, the No. 11 pick out of Alabama in the 2013 NFL Draft, struggled with consistency and mental errors in four seasons with the Chargers, not to mention several injuries, especially concussions. Now, he has one year to prove his worth with the Giants, which ranked 29th in rushing yards (1,416) in 2016. He split time at both tackle and guard in his career.
Fluker will likely contribute to the Giants’ offensive line as a road-grader if he earns a starting spot — that’s good news, considering New York gave up the third-fewest sacks in 2016 (22).