Position: Relief Pitcher
Birthday/Age: September 20,1990 (22)
Ht/Wt: 6' 2", 190 pounds
How he became a Phillie: Drafted by the Phillies in the 7th round of the
2011 Draft. Was also drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 4th round of the 2009
Draft, but did not sign.
Repertoire: Fastball, Slider, Split-Finger
Scouting Report: Giles is the prototypical fire-baller with a fastball
that is already in the mid-to-upper 90s on a consistent basis. He's reached 100
mph on a couple occasions, but the Phillies aren't pushing him to develop any
more velocity at this point. Instead, they're pushing him to develop his
secondary pitcher and gain control and movement on his fastball. Like a lot of
young pitchers, Giles can get enamored with just throwing hard and when he does,
his fastball becomes flat and hittable. His slider and split-finger are
secondary pitches and right now, they're below average, because he lacks
consistency with them and doesn't get as much movement as he needs for them to
truly be an out-pitch.
In college, Giles had some injury issues, but doesn't have any lingering
effects and hasn't had any issues since being drafted by the Phillies, so that
appears to be in the past.
Ceiling: Something has to break for Giles. Either he needs to develop
pinpoint control of his fastball and get good movement on it with consistency,
or he needs a second pitch to keep hitters off-balance. There's no denying that
his control has certainly improved and just in 2012, he walked 5.9 hitters per
nine innings at Lakewood, but then dropped that to 3.7 in his time with
Lakewood, which was only ten games, but it's a start. His slider and split are
still both works in progress and right now, the slider is a bit better pitch for
him. If he can put everything together, he has the chance to be a dominating
back of the bullpen pitcher and probably closer material, since he has the
mental makeup to handle that role.
ETA: Right now, it looks like Giles has too much to work on to push
him to Double-A to start the season, but reaching Reading in 2013 certainly
isn't out of the question. Instead, Giles figures to be back at High-A
Clearwater and jump a level perhaps around mid-season. Once it all comes
together for him - and it likely will - he'll move quickly, so joining the
Phillies bullpen at some point during the 2014 season isn't out of the question,
but it likely won't be to start the season.
Kenny Giles' career minor league stats
Video of Giles pitching for Lakewood in 2012