OXON HILL, Md. (WHTM) – Two former Harrisburg Senators, and two of baseball’s top pitching prospects, have been traded to the Chicago White Sox by the Washington Nationals to acquire Adam Eaton
Giolito, 22, has long been touted as the Nationals’ top prospect, spending the majority of the 2016 season in Harrisburg. He made his major league debut June 28th against the New York Mets.
Lopez, 22, also spent most of the 2016 season on City Island, prior to being called up to Washington. He started in 6 games, and played in 11 with a 5-3 record and a 4.91 ERA.
The addition of Eaton provides another strong bat to a deep Nationals lineup. He’s expected to serve as the team’s lead-off hitter and will switch to center field.
“I always said it’s not how many players you trade away, it’s who you trade away,” Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo said. “To acquire a player with this skill set that has the years of control and favorable contract that he has, it takes good players in return. … We traded from a position of depth. We felt we have great depth in our starting pitching.”