Ken Giles, Relief Pitcher, Houston Astros, #53
Date of Birth: 9/20/1990
Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico
College: Yavapai College
Current Salary: $550,100
Ken Giles, relief pitcher/closer for the Houston Astros, started playing baseball as a preschooler. In high school, he was primarily an outfielder. He first became a pitcher at Yavapai College. While in college, he was drafted by the Miami Marlins in 2009 but he didn't sign with them. Two years later, he signed with the Philadelphia Phillies. He pitched in the Phillies' minor league system from 2011 through 2013.
Giles joined the Phillies' bullpen in 2014, pitching in 44 games. He finished the season with a 1.18 ERA and 64 strikeouts to 11 walks in 45.2 innings. In 2015, he became the Phillies' closer on July 28th, when Jonathan Papelbon was traded to the Washington Nationals. He finished the 2015 season with a 1.80 ERA, 15 saves, and 87 strikeouts to 25 walks in 70.0 innings in 69 games.
Giles was traded to the Astros on December 12, 2015. He finished the 2016 season with a 4.11 ERA in 69 games with the Astros. He had 2 wins to 5 losses, 15 saves, and 102 strikeouts to 25 walks in 65.2 innings.
Career pitching statistics for Giles through 2016 include:
- 182 games played
- 181.1 innings pitched
- 11-9 win-loss record
- 31 saves
- 253 strikeouts to 61 walks
- 2.48 ERA