Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 6/4/12
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 play out and what's a fair deal," he said. What's clear is that Giolito has impressed many with his maturity in dealing with the setback from a sprained elbow ligament that wiped out his senior season and probably cost himself several million dollars in bonus money. "After I hurt myself, the year got tough, but I went about it the same mentally I've learned, taking it one day at a time and going about my business the best I can," he said. Giolito said he was also very happy for his high school teammate, Max Fried, a left-hander selected No. 7 by the San Diego Padres. "We had a mini-celebration at my home," he said. -- Eric Sondheimer The Dodgers' first-round pick came around Monday and surprise, surprise they did not select a starting pitcher. Instead, with the 18th overall selection the Dodgers selected high school third baseman Corey Seager. The left-handed hitting Seager, 18, is the younger brother of Mariners' third baseman Kyle Seager and played at Cabarrus High School in North Carolina. Seager is 6 feet 3 and 190 pounds, and most project him as having more power than his brother. He played shortstop in high school. He might not be the easiest signing, having committed to two-time national champion South Carolina. The Dodgers are currently fairly devoid in the minors of an impact bat at third, or much anywhere else. The Dodgers had selected a pitcher in the first round in the last six consecutive drafts. - By Steve Dilbeck
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