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Ken Giles | Relief Pitcher

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (25) / 9/20/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Yavapai (AZ) JC
Contract: view contract details

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According to ESPN's Jayson Stark, the Phillies are asking for two or three "high-ceiling prospects" in exchange for Ken Giles.
The Phillies might hold onto Giles if they're unable to find a suitor willing to pony up a few high-profile prospects. Late on Thursday, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that the Astros and Marlins have both expressed interest in the 25-year-old closer. Giles won't be eligible for arbitration until 2017. He pitched to a 1.80 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 87/25 K/BB ratio across 70 innings this last season, taking over the closer's role after Jonathan Papelbon was moved to the Nationals at the trade deadline. Nov 20 - 11:41 AM

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According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Astros and Marlins are among the teams expressing interest in trading for Phillies closer Ken Giles.

You can bet they're not alone. Giles, 25, boasts a 1.56 ERA and 151 strikeouts through his first 115 2/3 major league innings and he won't reach salary arbitration until after the 2017 season. Philly is going to want a ton in return -- major prospects to help expedite the club's ongoing rebuild. They can slow-play this one.
Nov 19 - 12:46 PM

Jim Salisbury of reports that Ken Giles is generating trade interest.

With a weak class of free agent relievers, it only makes sense for the Phillies to listen to offers, but new GM Matt Klentak said "it's not a goal" to move him this offseason. Giles won't be arbitration-eligible for the first time until after 2017, so there's a chance he'll still be around when the Phillies are ready to contend again. "I think it’s a little different when you’re talking about a guy with one year of service time," said Klentak. "If you were talking about a pending free agent then, yeah, that might be a slightly different situation. But Ken Giles, if he’s here, can very easily be a part of our future, so I think we have to account for that in our thinking."
Nov 11 - 2:33 PM

Ken Giles blew a save opportunity in the Phillies' loss to the Marlins on Saturday.

Giles retired the first batter he faced, Dee Gordon, but Christian Yelich singled, Martin Prado hit an RBI triple, and then the Marlins took the lead on a Marcell Ozuna RBI single. Giles has been a little shaky over the last week or so, but he still boasts a 1.83 ERA.
Oct 3 - 7:34 PM

Ken Giles served up a two-run home run, but held on for his 14th save in Tuesday's win over the Mets.

Giles issued a leadoff walk to David Wright, but followed that up with a ground out and a strikeout. Lucas Duda kept hope alive for the Mets, belting a two-run homer to the opposite field. Giles hung on for the save by striking out Travis d'Arnaud. The homer was only the third the right-hander has allowed in 112 2/3 career innings. Giles moves to 14-for-15 in save chances since taking over for Jonathan Papelbon. Overall, he carries a 1.61 ERA and an 83/24 K/BB ratio over 67 innings.
Sep 29 - 9:58 PM

Ken Giles closed out a 7-4 victory against the Cubs on Sunday to earn his 13th save.

Giles brought the winning run to the plate with two outs after allowing two singles in the ninth inning, but he got Anthony Rizzo to line out to second base to end the game. Giles continues to get the job done as the Phillies' new closer, earning the save in all 13 opportunities with a 1.43 ERA and a 24/3 K/BB ratio in 19 1/3 innings since Jonathan Papelbon was traded to the Nationals.
Sep 13 - 4:55 PM

Ken Giles earned the win in Saturday's defeat of the Cubs, tossing 1 1/3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

Giles struck out three, walked one and did not allow a hit during his relief duty. He's earned a 6-2 record out of the bullpen and holds a strong 1.45 ERA while converting 12-of-15 save chances. With Jonathan Papelbon out of the way, Giles figures to flourish as a full-time closer next season.
Sep 12 - 11:30 PM

Ken Giles got the final four outs of Tuesday's 5-0 victory over the Braves, earning his 12th save.

Giles entered the eighth inning with runners on second and third base and two outs in a 2-0 game. He got Jace Peterson to line out to shortstop to end the threat. In the ninth, he set the Braves down in 1-2-3 fashion, striking out Michael Bourn and Pedro Ciriaco consecutively to finish the game. Giles has earned the save in all 12 opportunities since taking over for Jonathan Papelbon, compiling a 0.53 ERA and a 21/1 K/BB ratio in 17 innings. He will carry significant fantasy value as a full-time closer for an improving Phillies team in 2016.
Sep 8 - 9:57 PM

Ken Giles pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings out of the pen for the Phillies on Thursday.

The Phillies asked for a lot out of Giles in a tie game, and they got it, though they went on to lose anyway. He could be unavailable Friday after throwing 30 pitches tonight, perhaps setting up a save chance for Jeanmar Gomez.
Aug 27 - 11:55 PM

Ken Giles worked a scoreless ninth inning, sealing Sunday's 2-0 win over the Marlins for his 10th save.

Giles struck out Dee Gordon, then got Martin Prado and Derek Dietrich to fly out to end the game for an easy 1-2-3 inning. Since taking over the ninth inning following Jonathan Papelbon's exit, the right-hander has earned the save in all 10 chances with a 0.77 ERA and a 17/1 K/BB ratio in 11 2/3 innings.
Aug 23 - 4:03 PM

Ken Giles pitched a perfect ninth inning to preserve Saturday's 4-2 win over the Marlins.

The Phillies snapped a 2-2 tie with a pair of solo home runs in the top of the ninth inning by Aaron Altherr and Darin Ruf. Enter Giles, who dispatched the Marlins without issue in the bottom of the frame. Since assuming closer duties in the wake of Jonathan Papelbon's departure, he's a perfect 9-for-9 in save chances, and for the season, he owns a 1.66 ERA and 70/21 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings.
Aug 22 - 10:29 PM

Ken Giles picked up his seventh save of the season Wednesday as the Phillies beat the Diamondbacks 7-6.

Giles gave up a two-out single to pinch-hitter David Peralta, but he struck out Jamie Romak to end the threat and protect the Phillies' one-run lead. Giles is 7-for-7 since taking over closer duties after the Jonathan Papelbon trade and he boasts a 1.75 ERA with 68 strikeouts in 51 1/3 total innings this season.
Aug 12 - 7:23 PM

Ken Giles notched his fifth save of the season Saturday in the Phillies' 4-2 win over the Padres.

Giles struck out two of the three batters he faced in a perfect ninth inning. The 24-year-old right-hander has not allowed a run since being named the Phillies' closer in the aftermath of the Jonathan Papelbon trade and he owns a shiny 1.65 ERA with 63 strikeouts in 49 total innings this season.
Aug 9 - 12:02 AM

Ken Giles got the final four outs of Tuesday's 6-2 victory over the Dodgers to earn his third save of the season.

Giles cleaned up Jeanmar Gomez's mess in the eighth inning, striking out Jimmy Rollins for the third out. In the ninth, he worked around a leadoff walk of Howie Kendrick by striking out Adrian Gonzalez, getting Yasmani Grandal to line out, and striking out Yasiel Puig. Giles has earned the save in all three chances presented since Jonathan Papelbon was traded to the Nationals. He has a 1.72 ERA with a 59/21 K/BB ratio in 47 innings on the year.
Aug 4 - 11:17 PM

Ken Giles, in his new role as the Phillies' closer, pitched a scoreless ninth inning in Tuesday's victory versus the Blue Jays to pick up his first save of the season.

Giles allowed a leadoff single to Edwin Encarnacion, but got Chris Colabello to fly out, Russell Martin to line out, and Danny Valencia to ground out in an otherwise easy ninth inning. Jonathan Papelbon was traded prior to the start of Tuesday's game. As a result, Giles will function as the Phillies' regular closer going forward and should be owned in all formats. He has the potential to be an elite closer, though he won't see many save opportunities for the Phillies, baseball's worst team by record. Having functioned as Papelbon's setup man for the bulk of the season, Giles owns a 1.81 ERA and a 54/20 K/BB ratio in 44 2/3 innings.
Jul 28 - 9:53 PM

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