Giles has the stuff to be a relief ace. The right-hander muscles a 98 mph fastball past most hitters. Giles’ two-pitch repertoire features a slider that can be unhittable at times. He remains inconsistent with his control, especially with the breaking ball. Ken has simple mechanics and a good slide step to keep base runners on first. Giles has an intimidating late-inning reliever look and appears perfect for that role.
Giles shuffled between two junior colleges in the Southwest before the Phillies drafted him in 2011 (7th round). Despite a brutal walk rate, he was pushed through the system thanks to a minor league strikeout rate of 12.13 K/9 over parts of four seasons. In 2014, Giles put it all together and dominated from AA to MLB, posting by far the best walk rate of his career to go along with his usual strikeout numbers, even at the major league level. As Jonathan Papelbon’s career closes, look for Ken Giles to become Philadelphia’s next 9th inning pitcher. 2/8/15 CSJ
- 4-seam fastball (94-99)
- slider (85-89)