Ken Giles, 23, was the popular call-up that Phillies fans have now been clamoring for ever since they heard the kid threw 100 mph stuff earlier this season (radar gun shows 101 mph in the photo above). He was moved up to Triple-A Lehigh Valley in May, which cooled off the fans for a short while as they knew Giles would be pitching for the big club soon enough. That day came this past Saturday, when the Phils put Mike Adams on the 15-day disabled list (same old news), and called up Giles.
Giles was with the team Sunday, but with an off day today, his major league debut will likely have to wait until Tuesday when the visiting San Diego Padres are in town. I really hope he does well up here and can learn some valuable lessons from the current pitching staff. (He should stick to the veteran starters, and stay far away from anyone in the bullpen, sheesh).
Here are Giles lines from both Reading and Lehigh Valley this year.
AA- 13 games | 15 IP | 29 K | 5 BB | 1.20 ERA
AAA- 11 games | 13.2 IP | 9K | 8BB | 2.63 ERA
Giles' numbers dipped when moving up to the Iron Pigs, but that is to be expected. How he will fare in the MLB is yet to be seen. With this season essentially down the drain, it makes sense to call up Giles. The Phillies are looking to be big sellers at the trade deadline at the end of July, why not see what the highlights of your farm system can do up here before they are forced to come up at the end of the season when you trade away pieces of the team?
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