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53 Ken Giles RP
Height/Weight: 6-2/205 | Birthdate: 9/20/1990 | Birthplace: Albuquerque, NM | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Philadelphia | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 25/13 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Phillies RP Ken Giles fine despite cut thumb


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Phillies reliever Ken Giles has been declared fine after a mini-scare on the mound Friday night.

Giles cut his thumb during warmups, but it was treated and he remained in the game to pitch a scoreless and hitless eighth.

"There was blood coming all the way down," Ryne Sandberg told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "It was on the ball and everything. He was just going to ignore it."

Giles has not managed an appearance without walking a batter or allowing a hit since May 12.


Phillies' Ken Giles allows two runs vs. Pirates on Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Phillies pitcher Ken Giles gave up two earned runs on two hits while recording just one out in his team's 4-2 win over the Pirates on Thursday.

Giles opened the ninth inning by giving up a single, and the runner was able to score after advancing to second base on a passed ball thanks to a one-out double that chased the reliever from the game in favor of Jonathan Papelbon, who allowed the inherited runner to score but finished off the victory.

"He's still a little bit inconsistent with his control and command," manager Ryne Sandberg said of Giles after the game, per the Philadelphia Daily News. "He's just not throwing the pitches where he wants to on a consistent basis. With his velocity coming back, I think there will be some adjustments there to bare down with those two pitches, and they're two major league pitches."

Giles, who had allowed just one earned run entering play Thursday, owns a 1.72 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 16:8 K:BB ratio in 15 2/3 innings.


Phillies' Ken Giles pitching well despite dip in velocity


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) 100 Miles Giles hasn't been hitting 100 mph on the radar gun. 

Phillies reliever Ken Giles, who earned this nickname for his ability to throw a fastball in triple-digits, has seen his velocity dip through the first month of the season. That said, his fastball is still clocking in the mid-90s. 

"100 miles per hour is just a luxury thing," Giles said, via the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I'm still 95-96. Who cares? I'm going to be more effective if I learn how to pitch. That's how I get out. Not blowing guys away. It's learning how to pitch."

Giles has been heavily effective this year, posting a 0.73 ERA in 12.1 innings of relief work. 


Phillies RP Ken Giles lowers ERA to 0.73, nets fifth hold


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Phillies reliever Ken Giles picked up his fifth hold of the season during a 5-2 win Monday at Atlanta. He tossed a scoreless eighth inning, issuing one walk and striking out one.

Giles has allowed seven runs in 12 1/3 innings, but only one of those runs have been earned, resulting in a 0.73 ERA. He has 13 strikeouts and eight walks.


Phillies pitcher Ken Giles working on control early in the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Phillies pitcher Ken Giles is down a bit on his velocity so far this season, but he is more concerned about his control early in the season, reports Philly.com.

"For me, it feels like the same thing as last year, trying to tighten up everything," he said. "The slider is better than it was last year, and hopefully it will probably even get better as the season goes on. But I mean, [I'm] just trying to tighten up little things here and there."

Manager Ryne Sandberg thinks Giles is on track to figure things out before it's too late.

"In some regards, I think he's right where he was last year at this time in April when we didn't have him," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said this week. "He was working on his mechanics. He was working on tightening up his slider. He was working on fastball command. I think he's on the same page that he was last year at this time."


Phillies' Giles after rough season debut: 'I've got to make adjustments'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Phillies relief pitcher Ken Giles reiterated that he's "physically fine" and that there is "nothing wrong" with him, per MLB.com.

Giles struggled in his season debut Wednesday night against the Red Sox. He entered with a four-run lead, but was pulled with the bases loaded, two outs and a slim two-run advantage. 

Giles' fastball sat in the 98-100 mph range in 2014. On Wednesday, he topped at 96 mph.

"He's just been down in his velocity," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "We'll just have to see. He said he feels fine."

Giles acknowledged that he'll make some changes to his approach moving forward.

"You know what? I've just got to make adjustments, and I didn't make adjustments tonight," Giles said. "So I've got to continue doing that."


Phillies P Ken Giles ready to go for Opening Day


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2015) Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg and pitcher Ken Giles said that the right-hander's back is fine and he'll be ready to go for Opening Day, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Giles faced four batters on Saturday, giving up two runs on two hits with one walk. The 23-year-old posted an ERA of 1.18 with 64 strikeouts and 11 walks in 45 innings pitched last year.


Phillies RP Ken Giles (back) plans to be on Opening Day roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) Phillies reliever Ken Giles said Thursday he remains on track to be ready for Monday's season opener against the Red Sox, per MLB.com. Giles, who left Tuesday's spring game with a mild mid-back strain, played catch Thursday.

"I let it loose," Giles said. "No pain. No nothing."

The Phillies have said they would like to see Giles throw off a mound at least once before finalizing their roster. The Phillies have exhibition games against the Pirates on Friday and Saturday.


Phillies' Ken Giles expects to be ready for Opening Day


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) Phillies reliever Ken Giles, who has a mild mid-back strain, told reporters he expects to be ready for Opening Day after playing catch on Thursday, per MLB.com.

"I let it loose," Giles said. "No pain. No nothing."


Phillies RP Ken Giles back injury isn't serious, DL stint unlikely


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Phillies reliever Ken Giles met with the doctor after leaving Tuesday's spring game with a back injury, per MLB.com. While Giles said the injury isn't serious, he doesn't know if he will be back pitching immediately.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Giles has been diagnosed with a mild mid-back strain. Amaro added a stint on the disabled list probably isn't necessary since the injury is being described as "milder" than third baseman Cody Asche's back injury. Asche missed only four spring training games due to back tightness.


Phillies pitcher Ken Giles removed from game with lower back injury


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Phillies pitcher Ken Giles was taken out of Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays with a 1-2 count on a batter in the eighth inning for an apparent lower back injury, reports MLB.com.

Manager Ryne Sandberg said Giles felt a muscle grab in his lower back. Giles doesn't think the issue will keep him out for long and isn't worried about Opening Day.

"It’s just tightness," Giles said. "It’s just stiff. It doesn’t hurt. I’m able to move around and stuff like that, but I’m not really concerned about it."

The team did not specify the reasoning for Giles' exit in the middle of the inning. He has thrown 8 1/3 innings with a 5.40 ERA and seven walks.


Ken Giles picks up first save Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Phillies closer Ken Giles picked up his first save Saturday against the Athletics.

Giles entered with a three-run lead, and slammed the door shut. He was perfect during the inning, picking up one strikeout. Giles induced a pop out against Adam Dunn to finish off the Athletics. 


Cole Hamels and three relievers toss a combined no-hitter vs. Atlanta


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels and three relievers tossed a combined no-hitter Monday afternoon against the Braves in Atlanta. It's the first combined no-hitter in franchise history.

Hamels was denied a no-hitter due to a high pitch count. He was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning with a no-hitter intact. He issued five walks and ran his pitch count to 108 before his day was over. He struck out seven over six hitless innings and picked up the win.

Jake Diekman struck out two in a perfect seventh inning and Ken Giles struck out the side in the eighth. Jonathan Papelbon needed nine pitches to retire Jose Constanza, Chris Johnson and Phil Gosselin to secure a 7-0 no-hit victory and the save.

Ken Giles shines in first month with Phillies


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/16/2014) Phillies rookie pitcher Ken Giles has overcome allowing a home run in his first major-league appearance on June 12 to throw 13 2/3 scoreless innings while striking out 17 batters and walking three in his last 12 appearances.

Giles has quickly risen through the minor-league ranks after getting selected in the seventh round of the 2011 draft. He's dominated minor-league hitters while racking up 12.1 strikeouts per nine innings over his career, but he's also exhibited control issues. If he continues to keep a handle on the walks at the major-league level, he could quickly factor into the ninth-inning discussion if closer Jonathan Papelbon gets dealt before the deadline.


Top relief prospect Ken Giles getting the call


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2014) The Phillies will call up reliever Ken Giles from Triple-A Lehigh Valley Sunday, with Mike Adams hitting the 15-day disabled list.

Giles has been dominant in the minors this season, sporting a fastball that regularly sits in the high 90's. He has 38 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings of work between Double-A and Triple-A this season. 


Ken Giles a 'fun' pitcher to watch


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2014) One player in Phillies' camp this spring that could draw plenty of attention is reliever Ken Giles, who is looking to make the jump from high Class A to the majors. Giles grabs attention with a fastball that can hit 100 mph.

Though, control issues have plagued the hard-throwing right-hander, who has walked 5.8 batters per nine innings in his minor-league career.

"When he’s right, it’s fun to watch," Joe Jordan, the Phillies’ director of player development, told CSNPhilly.com. "It’s the stuff that pitches at the end of games in the big leagues. But he’s not there yet. He’s going to have to pitch under control and throw strikes."


Jesse Biddle, Maikel Franco among spring invites


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/8/2014) The Phillies announced Wednesday they invited five players to spring training as non-roster invitees. They are pitchers Jesse Biddle, Mario Hollands and Ken Giles, third baseman Maikel Franco and catcher Sebastian Valle.

Biddle and Franco are considered the team's two top prospects by Baseball America.