Appears to be born to be a closer, thanks to a power arsenal (fastball, slider) and great makeup. His heater can hit triple-digits. Has a strong pitchers' build.
His fastball straightens out a bit too much, so big-league batters can still hit his heat. Therefore, he must gain greater command and overall control for maximum success.
Power right-hander with good upside.
Movements & Injuries
Contract purchased from Lehigh Valley (AAA).
Assigned by the Philadelphia Phillies to their minor league camp.
Invited to spring training by the Philadelphia Phillies.
Signed by the Philadelphia Phillies.
Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 7th round (241th overall) in 2011.
Phillies reliever Ken Giles earned his first career save against Oakland on Saturday. | 09/20/2014 8:42 PM
Phillies reliever Ken Giles earned his first career save against Oakland on Saturday.
With Jonathan Papelbon serving a seven-game suspension, Giles was in line for the save. He went three up and three down, with one strikeout. The flame-thrower is the future at the closer position for Philadelphia.
Phillies reliever Ken Giles struck out all three batters he faced and ended up getting his third win of the season Tuesday against Washington. | 08/26/2014 9:42 PM
Phillies reliever Ken Giles struck out all three batters he faced and ended up getting his third win of the season Tuesday against Washington.
The hard-throwing Giles has a 1.38 ERA, a 0.92 WHIP and 47 strikeouts in 32 2/3 innings this season. He's Philadelphia's closer of the future.
Ken Giles records hold against Brewers | 07/08/2014 12:51 AM
Ken Giles earned his second hold by getting four outs against the Brewers on Monday.
In Giles, the Phillies seem to have a legitimate heir apparent to Jonathan Papelbon's job in the ninth. The 23-year-old has allowed just one run in 11 2/3 innings since being called up last month, often hitting triple-digits on the radar gun in the process.