Tuesday March 1st, 2016

Spring training is hard on prospects. They need to perform at a very high level to unseat an established pro and grab a spot on the big league roster. Even if a prospect does play well enough, MLB’s service time rules often keep them off the roster on Opening Day.

Nationals top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito has found a way to make himself truly indispensable to the team this year though, as he has been baking treats and bringing them into the clubhouse, and sharing the process on Twitter.

• Report: Jim Harbaugh will coach first base for Tigers in spring training game

Giolito’s latest culinary masterpiece is banana bread with chocolate chips.

How could you send a man with so many quickbread recipes down to the minors? This type of baking is clearly ready for the show.

– Brendan Maloy

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