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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%: 70/61 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Phillies closer Ken Giles reaches double-digit saves


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(8/23/2015) Phillies closer Ken Giles closed out his team's tight win over the Marlins with a perfect inning Sunday, to pick up his 10th save of the season. 

Giles retired the side in order, with one strikeout, for his third straight 1-2-3 frame. He remains perfect on save opportunities this season and has lowered his ERA to 1.63. 


Phillies RP Ken Giles stays perfect with ninth save on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/22/2015) Phillies closer Ken Giles worked a perfect ninth inning to record his ninth save of the season in the 4-2 win over the Marlins on Saturday. The young right-hander struck out a batter and needed 17 pitches to retire the side in order. 

Giles has successfully converted all nine save opportunities since he became the primary closer for the Phillies at the end of July. He has allowed just one run over that stretch.


Phillies closer Ken Giles shuts down Blue Jays for another save


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2015) Among the potential discoveries for the Phillies in their post-break surge is that they might have found their closer of the future. That closer is Ken Giles, who continued to perform well Wednesday night against Toronto.

Giles earned his eighth save, working around an error in the process of throwing a shutout ninth inning.

He has been sensational since July with two runs allowed in 19 2/3 innings. He has all eight saves since taking over the closer role on July 28.


Ken Giles continues to shine in closer's role for Phillies


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(8/12/2015) Closer Ken Giles put together another solid outing since being promoted to the role, picking up a four-out save as the Phillies held off the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. 

Giles has now registered all seven of his saves in his last seven appearances dating back to July 28, allowing just one earned run during that stretch. 

Wednesday, Giles allowed one hit, but struck out two batters, needing just 17 pitches to face four hitters. 


Phillies RP Ken Giles picks up save Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2015) Despite struggling during the appearance, Phillies pitcher Ken Giles was to able to close the door on the Padres for a 5-3 win.

Giles came in during the ninth inning and struck out the side, but he allowed one run to score on two hits. It was his sixth save of the season.


Phillies' Ken Giles earns fifth straight save


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2015) New Phillies closer Ken Giles pitched a perfect ninth inning to close out San Diego on Saturday. 

Giles earned his fifth save of the season and fifth in his last five apperances. He struck out two and protected a two-run lead. 

Giles had his seventh consecutive scoreless outing. 


Phillies RP Ken Giles notches fourth save of the season


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/8/2015) Phillies relief pitcher Ken Giles recorded his fourth save of the season on Friday against the Padres.

Giles closed out the 12th inning of his team's win by striking out two batters. He gave up two single, but never put himself into trouble during the outing.

Giles now has an impressive 1.69 ERA with 63 strikeouts and 21 walks in 49 innings of relief this season.


Phillies reliever Ken Giles earns four-out save on Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2015) Phillies relief pitcher Ken Giles had a nearly perfect outing on Tuesday, getting the final four outs of Philadelphia's 6-2 win over the Dodgers, earning his third save of the year.

Giles came on in the eighth with runners on second and third and managed to get Jimmy Rollins to strikeout. Then in the ninth, Giles allowed a leadoff walk before getting two of the final three batters to strikeout to end the game. Giles lowered his ERA to 1.72 in 47 innings of work.


Phillies RP Ken Giles shuts the door for save No. 2 on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) New Phillies closer Ken Giles picked up the save in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Braves. Giles, who is replacing the recently-departed Jonathan Papelbon as the team's stopper, allowed two hits and struck out a pair in a scoreless ninth inning.

Giles was regularly reaching 100mph on his fastball in this one, as he claimed his second save of the year. The hard-throwing right-hander has been scored upon once in 12 appearances this month.


Phillies' Ken Giles earns first save of year


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2015) Phillies reliever Ken Giles earned his first save of the year in Tuesday's win over Toronto. 

Giles pitched a scoreless ninth to protect a one-run lead. He allowed one hit and earned his second career save, and first since September 20 of last season. 


Phillies RP Ken Giles is ready for closer role if Papelbon is traded


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/18/2015) If the Phillies trade closer Jonathan Papelbon before the looming trade deadline they might have the luxury of replacing him from within. Reliever Ken Giles is putting his name out there as the guy to step into the closer role, per the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Giles said the closer role is a big task, but one that he is ready for might the opportunity present itself.

"Everyone knows who you are when you come into that ninth inning because you're the one that ends the game," Giles said Saturday. "You're the one that brings the fire. You have the starters that start the fire and you just finish it. You put that extra little fuel on it to finish the game off."

Giles said he's taking it "one day at a time," given that Papelbon could just as likely stay with the team.

"But do I feel like I could do it? Absolutely," Giles said.


Ken Giles takes loss in relief for Phillies


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2015) Phillies reliever Ken Giles retired the first two batters he faced against Milwaukee on Tuesday, then didn't retired anyone else. 

Giles quickly got two outs in the eighth inning, then allowed three straight hits, followed by two straight walks. He gave up two runs, the first time in 12 outings he's allowed anyone to score. 

Giles suffered his second blown save of the year and was tagged with the loss, dropping to 3-2 on the year. 


Phillies' Ken Giles picks up win in relief


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2015) Phillies reliever Ken Giles earned a win with a scoreless inning, Tuesday against the Yankees. 

Giles gave up one hit and struck out three in the eighth inning. He earned his first win since June 7, improving to 3-1.


Phillies RP Ken Giles thriving so far in June


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/16/2015) After enduring a rough month of May, Phillies reliever Ken Giles has been spotless so far through his first five appearances in June. Giles posted a 4.50 ERA in May, but he has yet to allow a run here in June. 

Overall, the right-hander owns a 2.00 ERA and a 1.370 WHIP through 27 innings pitched this season. He has 30 strikeouts compared to 13 base-on-balls.


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.