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Ken Giles | Relief Pitcher

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (24) / 9/20/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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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Ken Giles insisted Wednesday that he's healthy.

Giles walked three of the seven batters he faced in his regular-season debut Wednesday night against the Red Sox after allowing nine walks in nine innings this spring. His control is way off, and his velocity is also down several ticks. Giles suffered a mid-back strain at the end of camp, but the young reliever says it's a non-issue. "I'm physically fine," he told MLB.com's Todd Zolecki. "Nothing is wrong with me."
Apr 9 - 9:14 AM

Ken Giles completely lost the strike zone Wednesday against the Red Sox, walking three and giving up two unearned runs in two-thirds of an inning.

When Giles couldn't even come close to the zone on a four-pitch walk to Pablo Sandoval with the bases-loaded, the Phillies had to summon Jonathan Papelbon for a four-out save. Which worked out well. Giles, though, is a source of concern, particularly after he walked nine in nine innings and dealt with a little back strain this spring. It's not time to write him off or anything, but it will be interesting to see if he gets the eighth inning again right away.
Apr 8 - 10:27 PM

Ken Giles (back) played catch Thursday morning.

"I let it loose," said the young right-hander. "No pain. No nothing." Giles was diagnosed Wednesday with a mid-back strain, but it's thought to be minor and he is expected to be ready for Opening Day. The 24-year-old posted a 1.18 ERA and 64/11 K/BB ratio in 45 2/3 innings last year as a rookie and is next in line for saves this season behind Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon.
Apr 2 - 12:20 PM

Ken Giles has a mild mid-back strain.

Giles suffered the injury Tuesday in a Grapefruit League game. Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said he doesn't expect the 24-year-old right-hander to need a disabled list stint, but Giles might not get heavy usage in the first week of the regular season. He posted a 1.18 ERA and 64/11 K/BB ratio in 45 2/3 innings last year as a rookie.
Apr 2 - 8:40 AM

Ken Giles (back) saw a doctor after experiencing back pain during Tuesday's Grapefruit League appearance.

After the doctor's visit, Giles said that his injury wasn't serious. The 24-year-old is uncertain as to when he'll be able to start pitching again, but this doesn't appear to be a major issue.
Apr 1 - 8:56 AM

Ken Giles was lifted from Tuesday's Grapefruit League game after experiencing pain in his back.

The discomfort was in the mid-to-lower part of the 24-year-old right-hander's back. Giles had a terrific rookie season in 2014 and had been pitching well this spring. He expects to be fine for Opening Day.
Mar 31 - 4:24 PM

Ken Giles left Tuesday's Grapefruit League game with an apparent injury.

There should be an update out of Phillies camp shortly. Giles has been a popular name in drafts this spring with Jonathan Papelbon being dangled in trade talks. The 24-year-old right-hander posted an exceptional 1.18 ERA and 64/11 K/BB ratio in 45 2/3 innings last season.
Mar 31 - 4:10 PM

Ken Giles bounced back from Thursday's poor outing with a perfect inning Saturday against the Twins.

Giles gave up four runs against the Blue Jays two days ago. He had walked a total of seven batters in 7 1/3 innings this spring, but he managed to find the strike zone today.
Mar 28 - 3:48 PM

Ken Giles was charged with four runs in two-thirds of an inning Thursday against the Blue Jays.

Giles walked two and allowed two hits, one of them a three-run homer off the bat of Steve Tolleson. We still don't imagine Giles' shaky spring will cost him a roster spot, but he's up to seven walks in 7 1/3 innings. He does need to be better over this next week.
Mar 26 - 5:26 PM

Ken Giles pitched a perfect ninth for a save Monday against the Twins.

Giles was wild early this spring, giving up a run his first time out and five walks total in his first four innings. It looks like he's settling down now, though, pitching 2 2/3 innings without a free pass in his last two appearances. As long as it keeps up, his role as the Phillies' eighth inning guy will be safe.
Mar 23 - 4:37 PM

Ken Giles converted the first save of his career, sending the Athletics down in order in Saturday's victory.

Giles is the interim closer while Jonathan Papelbon serves his seven-game suspension. The 24-year-old closer has put up fantastic numbers in his first season in the big leagues, sporting a 1.24 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, and 63/11 K/BB ratio in 43 2/3 innings. If Papelbon remains in Philadelphia, saves will still be hard to come by for Giles next season.
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 07:13:00 PM

The Phillies will reduce the workloads of Ken Giles and Jake Diekman down the stretch.

"I've already started that process," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "New territory for them in some regards." Giles has tossed 67 1/3 innings this season, which is over double his previous high since he became a reliever. Diekman has spun a career-high 65 frames. The young relievers have combined for 148 strikeouts over 103 2/3 innings for the Phils this season.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 09:06:00 PM

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.
Tue, Jul 8, 2014 12:51:00 AM

Phillies purchased the contract of RHP Ken Giles from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Giles has a 1.88 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 38/13 K/BB ratio over 28 2/3 innings between Double-A and Triple-A this season. Giles has also racked up 12 saves between the two levels. The 23-year-old will be making his major league debut.
Sat, Jun 7, 2014 07:21:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Carlos Ruiz
2Cameron Rupp
1B1Ryan Howard
2Darin Ruf
2B1Cesar Hernandez
2Chase Utley
3Andres Blanco
SS1Freddy Galvis
3B1Maikel Franco
LF1Cody Asche
CF1Odubel Herrera
RF1Domonic Brown
2Jeff Francoeur
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Aaron Harang
2Jerome Williams
3Aaron Nola
4Matt Harrison
5Adam Morgan
6David Buchanan
7Cliff Lee
8Jonathan Pettibone
9Chad Billingsley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Ken Giles
2Justin De Fratus
3Luis Garcia
4Jeanmar Gomez
5Mario Hollands
6Elvis Araujo
7Hector Neris
8Dalier Hinojosa