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Ken Giles PAstros

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2016 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 25)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
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Birth Date9-20-1990
Height6' 2"
Weight205 lbs
Age25 years, 11 months, 4 days
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1.52014
1.82015
1.62016
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DRA-Based WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA WARP
2014 PHI MLB 44 0 45.7 3 1 1 25 11 64 1 .272 96 4.9 2.2 0.2 12.6 46% .267 .167 0.79 1.31 1.18 58 1.80 1.5
2015 PHI MLB 69 0 70.0 6 3 15 59 25 87 2 .268 99 7.6 3.2 0.3 11.2 47% .311 .225 1.20 2.16 1.80 77 2.52 1.8
2016 HOU MLB 53 0 49.3 1 3 4 49 15 76 6 .271 103 8.9 2.7 1.1 13.9 39% .371 .265 1.30 2.63 3.65 74 2.53 1.4
CareerMLB1660165.010720133512279.2701007.32.80.512.444%.319.2231.122.072.18722.314.8

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA
2011 PHL Rk 3 0 4.7 1 1 0 6 3 7 1 .244 123 11.6 5.8 1.9 13.5 45% .500 .280 1.93 5.78 5.79
2012 LWD A 29 6 67.3 3 3 5 54 44 86 5 .265 96 7.2 5.9 0.7 11.5 44% .299 .256 1.46 4.22 3.61
2012 CLR A+ 10 0 14.7 1 0 3 10 6 25 1 .249 109 6.1 3.7 0.6 15.3 32% .300 .227 1.09 2.10 3.07
2013 CLR A+ 24 0 25.7 2 2 6 23 19 34 4 .259 100 8.1 6.7 1.4 11.9 32% .306 .293 1.64 4.96 6.31
2014 PHI MLB 44 0 45.7 3 1 1 25 11 64 1 .272 96 4.9 2.2 0.2 12.6 46% .267 .167 0.79 1.31 1.18
2014 REA AA 13 0 15.0 0 0 7 8 5 29 0 .263 103 4.8 3.0 0.0 17.4 43% .348 .159 0.87 0.49 1.20
2014 LEH AAA 11 0 13.7 2 0 5 10 8 9 0 .251 99 6.6 5.3 0.0 5.9 31% .256 .229 1.32 4.02 2.63
2015 PHI MLB 69 0 70.0 6 3 15 59 25 87 2 .268 99 7.6 3.2 0.3 11.2 47% .311 .225 1.20 2.16 1.80
2016 HOU MLB 53 0 49.3 1 3 4 49 15 76 6 .271 103 8.9 2.7 1.1 13.9 39% .371 .265 1.30 2.63 3.65

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2014 690 0.4870 0.4957 0.6491 0.6101 0.3870 0.7561 0.4891 0.3509
2015 1172 0.4795 0.5068 0.6936 0.6690 0.3574 0.8271 0.4633 0.3064
2016 827 0.4414 0.5284 0.6064 0.6767 0.4113 0.8057 0.3474 0.3936
Career26890.46970.51060.65540.65630.38160.80230.43430.3446

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-04-21 2013-07-03 Minors 73 0 - Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2013-04-04 2013-04-18 Minors 14 0 - Abdomen Strain Oblique -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2016 HOU $528,200
2015 PHI $519,000
2014 PHI $
YearsDescriptionSalary
1 yrPrevious$519,000
2011Current$528,200
2 yrPvs + Cur$1,047,200
2 yrTotal$1,047,200

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 y 113 dRowley Sports Management1 year/$0.5282M (2016)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.5282M (2016). Re-signed by Houston 3/16.
  • 1 year/$0.519M (2015). Re-signed by Philadelphia 3/15. Acquired by Houston in trade from Philadelphia 12/9/15.
  • 1 year (2014). Contract selected by Philadelphia 6/8/14.
  • Drafted by Philadelphia 2011 (7-241) (Yavapai JC, Ariz.). $0.25M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .208 .282 .265 .214
11 vs R (Multi) .207 .264 .276 .211
18 Split (Multi) .001 .018 -.010 .003
19 LgAvg (Multi) .009 .023 .019 .016
30 vs L (2015) .224 .302 .276 .227
31 vs R (2015) .216 .274 .288 .223
38 Split (2015) .008 .029 -.012 .004
39 LgAvg (2015) .009 .024 .022 .017

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BP Articles

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2016-08-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Your thoughts on control specialist Thomas Eshelman? He seems to have figured something out after a bad stretch at Reading. Future up-and-down guy or something more?
(Elbo from Altoona)
I think he's better than and up-and-down guy, but I'm not sure how much. He hasn't shown the same control in college, because that wasn't possible, but he throws plenty of strikes with good enough stuff to be a fourth or fifth starter. He was a nice get in the Ken Giles trade, but I don't see a ton of upside here. (Christopher Crawford)
2016-08-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Bryan, Which current non-closers do you think will be closing in 2017?
(Cal Guy from Cal)
This is a really good one. Cam Bedrosian is the hottest name I can think of, especially seeing as how the Angels could probably run anyone out there in the AL West basement. I wouldn't be shocked if Cody Allen winds up on another team and closing next year ... Derek Law's one. Does Ken Giles count? (Bryan Grosnick)
2016-05-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)What odds do give that Ken Giles is the Astro's closer by the end of the season? He's got to better than what we've see...and there are no reports of injury
(John from CT)
I wrote today that there's a real chance the Astros are or will be sellers. For that reason alone, I think there's a good chance Giles closes down the stretch. But eesh. I don't know what to do with him. Velo is still there, so I guess I say wait it out. For now. (Matthew Trueblood)
2016-04-21 19:00:00 (link to chat)thanks for Madson response...if i deal him, i have Cody Allen, Colome, Dyson, Ken Giles. that ok in deep mixed? odds Giles overtakes Gregorson?
(Frank from Brooklyn)
I think that's enough for a bullpen in that format.

I think Luke Gregerson holds the job if he performs. 35 percent chance Giles takes the job by year's end. (Mike Gianella)
2015-11-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is a realistic return for Ken Giles?
(Joel Irvine from Los Angeles )
A couple of B prospects, but no idea why the Phillies would want to move him. He's cheap and good. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-09-21 20:30:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Ken Giles and Osuna as dynasty closers?
(Max from NY)
I really like Giles, but there's only so much investing you should do in dynasty closers in general. He won't be a top-100 player despite his age and performance level. Osuna is a clear step down from Giles and probably won't crack the top-200. Age is much less important when it comes to closers as they usually break faster than they age. (Bret Sayre)
2015-06-30 19:00:00 (link to chat)Will Chapman get traded? Any other NL set up guys likely to get a job because of trade.
(bpaulus from philly)
I doubt it unless the Reds really clean house. Ken Giles and Will Smith seem like the most likely candidates in the NL to get a bump if there is a trade. (Mike Gianella)
2015-02-16 11:00:00 (link to chat)RJ, who will be a closer by midseason who didn't start the season in that role?
(Cal Guy from Cal)
Jake McGee and Sean Doolittle.

Uh, but if we're talking about ascending types, then I'd say Ken Giles is the obvious pick. He'd just disgusting. Beyond Giles, I'd have to roll with Joakim Soria and perhaps Jairo Diaz, depending on what the Rockies do with LaTroy Hawkins. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-10-23 14:00:00 (link to chat)Any thoughts on Ken Giles and his mechanics?
(Twags012 from chicago)
He is very stable for most of the delivery, with good early balance that stays strong in the lateral plane. He does have some late spine-tilt, but such is to be expected from a pitcher who has the power to pump gas in the triple digits. He has big torque, which again should be expected for such a hard thrower, and most of his hip-shoulder separation comes from the lower half thanks to his delayed trigger after foot strike. Overall it's a very solid delivery that lays the baseline for big velo and solid command.

On the jukebox: Black Sabbath, "Snowblind" (Doug Thorburn)
2014-09-15 19:30:00 (link to chat)Ben, Who are some non-closers who could be closing at or near the start of 2015?
(Cal Guy from Cal)
Mike Foltynewicz, Ken Giles, Delin Betances. (Ben Carsley)
2014-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are there any non-closing RPs that you think could begin 2015 as the closer, that we can stash now (other than Dellin Betances)?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
This is always pure guesswork. I love Ken Giles if the Phillies can move that Papelbon contract, but who the heck knows how that will play out? (Mike Gianella)
2014-09-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Sam, Which non-closers should I pick up now on the chance they will close in 2015?
(Cal Guy from Cal)
Wade Davis, Ken Giles, Kevin Jepsen, Bruce Rondon... though not necessarily closing in April 2005. Trying to figure out who is going to close for the Giants next year. Who's going to close for the Giants next year? I'll say Jason Motte is going to close for the Giants next year. Enjoy this prediction, Giants fans and fantasy owners, I wrote it just for you! (Sam Miller)
2014-09-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Cory, Who do you think will be new closers in 2015? Betances for one?
(Cal Guy from Cal)
The road to fifth place is littered with Closers of the Future, but Betances is one candidate if the Yankees don't re-sign Robertson. Ken Giles in Philly is another. (Cory Schwartz)
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think about Ken Giles and Vic Black? Saves opp in August and Sept?
(Chris from Siem Reap)
Both situations are fluid, I think Giles takes over if Jonathan Papelbon gets moved, and Vic Black might just take that job in Queens. I would put more stock in Giles but both could see saves. I like both guys. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)What current non-closing RP gets the most saves ROS?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
Joakim Soria, Ken Giles, Vic Black, a random White Sox reliever. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any thoughts on Ken Giles? He can really sling it but until recently the only ones shaking in the boots were the Team Mascots, ala Bull Durham.
(Sean from My Moms Basement)
It is impossible to ignore the arm strength and the potential impact at the end of games that he could provide, but I'm still skeptical of his ability to throw strikes and ultimately locate his arsenal. I do think some of his recent improvements are real, and I believe enough of the improvements are real to allow him to be effective at the MLB level. How much sticks going forward will determine whether he ends up a 6th/7th inning arm or a potential setup man or closer. (Mark Anderson)
2014-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ken Giles. Say something mean.
(Joe from DE)
He still has to prove he can throw strikes consistently. (Mark Anderson)


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Ken Giles has thrown 2,858 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2013 and 2016, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, Spring Training and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2016, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (98mph) and Slider (87mph).