Harvard-Westlake left-hander Max Fried was taken No. 7 by the San Diego Padres in baseball's amateur draft.
In the winter, Lucas Giolito of Harvard-Westlake was a candidate to be the No. 1 player selected in baseball's amateur draft. After throwing a 100 mph fastball in late February, the momentum was clear. Then an elbow injury in early March left everything up the in the air.
"I had a huge question mark next to my name," he said.
On Monday, he was taken No. 16 by the Washington Nationals, a team he said he had not even spoken with.
"It was a huge surprise but a pleasant one," he said.
"It's a very exciting day. No one had any idea where I'd go. I could have gone anywhere. To go that early feels really good, especially after my arm was injured."
Giolito will have another month of rehabilitation to show the Nationals before he must make a decision by July 13th whether to sign or attend UCLA.
"We'll see how negotiations pl...