Ken Giles
Ken Giles
29-Year-Old PitcherRP
Toronto Blue Jays
10-Day IL
Injury Forearm
Est. Return 9/1/2020
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Giles pitched surprisingly well considering he spent most of the summer battling recurring elbow soreness. After the issue sent him to the IL for a short stay in June, Giles dealt with a few other bouts of soreness but managed to avoid the IL. When on the mound, he rebounded nicely from the previous year's inconsistent campaign, posting a new personal best 39.9 K%. The command issues from the previous season subsided, though Giles did benefit from a fortunate 91.3% left-on-base mark, yielding an actual 1.87 ERA nearly a run better than his 2.73 xFIP. Even though Giles' elbow soreness forced only one IL stint, it's concerning it kept coming back. His average fastball velocity dropped slightly from 97.6 to 97.2 mph -- not enough to sweat, at least not yet. On another team, Giles could be a candidate for 35-plus saves. But with Toronto, and the health concern, he's best drafted as a second closer. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $9.6 million contract with the Blue Jays in January of 2020.
Receives encouraging news
PToronto Blue Jays
Forearm
July 31, 2020
Giles was diagnosed with a mild strain of the flexor mass in his right forearm Friday, and the Blue Jays are optimistic he'll be able to pitch again soon, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
"Soon" is a relative term here, as Giles won't throw for at least two weeks after undergoing a PRP injection Thursday. Still, there appears to be a strong chance that Giles will pitch again this season, barring setbacks, something that didn't appear to be clear when he first landed on the injured list Monday. Anthony Bass has stepped into the closer role in his absence.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
21
Last 10 Games
21
Last 5 Games
21
How many pitches does Ken Giles generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-20%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-100%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-14%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-27%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .201 209 60 14 39 8 1 7
Since 2018vs Right .252 221 79 14 52 14 1 4
2020vs Left .250 5 1 1 1 1 0 0
2020vs Right .000 5 2 3 0 0 0 0
2019vs Left .174 99 36 7 16 3 0 4
2019vs Right .202 109 47 10 20 7 0 1
2018vs Left .224 105 23 6 22 4 1 3
2018vs Right .305 107 30 1 32 7 1 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
Even Split
2020
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-73%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-54%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 3.34 1.04 56.2 2 5 26 11.1 1.9 1.1
Since 2018Away 3.35 1.24 48.1 0 1 24 12.8 3.0 0.7
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 10.80 3.00 1.2 0 0 1 16.2 21.6 0.0
2019Home 0.87 0.71 31.0 2 2 13 13.6 2.0 0.6
2019Away 3.27 1.41 22.0 0 1 10 14.7 4.1 1.2
2018Home 6.31 1.44 25.2 0 3 13 8.1 1.8 1.8
2018Away 2.92 0.97 24.2 0 0 13 10.9 0.7 0.4
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Stat Review
How does Ken Giles compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
0.75
 
K/9
16.2
 
BB/9
21.6
 
HR/9
0.0
 
Fastball
94.5 mph
 
ERA
10.80
 
WHIP
3.00
 
BABIP
.370
 
GB/FB
0.50
 
Left On Base
60.0%
 
Exit Velocity
87.4 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
0.0%
 
Spin Rate
2204 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
20.0%
 
Swinging Strike
25.6%
 
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9 days ago
Scott Jenstad offers his thoughts on how to handle the plethora of closer situations like the one in Toronto where Ken Giles has been shut down with a strained right forearm.
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10 days ago
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Giles' numbers, like his pitch command, were all over the place in 2018. He had the closer role in Houston, but eventually lost it with another early-season stumble. He was traded to Blue Jays and the results didn't improve all that much (4.12 ERA), but Giles still managed to save 26 games over the course of the season. His strikeout rate fell more than two strikeouts per nine, but he posted the best walk rate of his entire career (3.3%). The walk rate should not be confused with his pitch command because Giles did not have trouble throwing strikes, but rather throwing the ball within the strike zone where the catcher was calling for it. That is why he allowed more than a hit per inning and got in trouble with the long ball. His FIP was 1.5 runs lower than his actual ERA because he was abnormally terrible with runners in scoring position as batters had a .528 SLG against him in those situations. Giles should open the season in the ninth for the Blue Jays.
By every measure, the 2017 version of Giles was an excellent one. That is, the regular-season version of Giles. He had a disastrous postseason, putting him on thin ice in the closer role in Houston. You’ll recall he stumbled out of the gate in 2016 much like he did through the 2017 postseason. Perhaps it was just the slick World Series baseball Tom Verducci wrote about, or perhaps Giles has lost some of the edge like Cougar in Top Gun. Houston may not accept him turning in his closer wings because the skills are excellent overall, but the inconsistencies at inopportune times could lead to him having a reduced role in the bullpen in 2018. There is no great internal candidate to replace him unless the club wants to move Brad Peacock into that role, but the team could add a late-inning arm in free agency. There is risk involved here.
Giles increased his strikeout rate from 2015 by nearly two strikeouts per nine innings but ended up with the same number of saves (15), as it took him some time to wrestle the closer job away from Luke Gregerson. As a member of the Phillies in 2015, Giles allowed two homers all season, but that rate quadrupled with the Astros last year although half of his home runs allowed came during his first month in Houston. Giles began the season allowing 20 baserunners, four homers, and 10 earned runs in just 10 April innings. From May on, Giles struck out 88 batters, allowed four home runs, and was the same dominant reliever the club gave up so much to acquire during the offseason. The 4.11 ERA was bad, but the 2.86 FIP shows where things could be if the home run rate settles in between 2015 and 2016. Roster him with confidence.
Giles opened last season in a setup role, but was given closing duties after the Phillies shipped Jonathan Papelbon off to the Nationals at the trade deadline. Giles saved 15 games for a bad team and should be able to at least double that total this season (and maybe triple it), after a blockbuster trade to Houston in the offseason. He did see some decline in his fastball velocity last season, especially early on, but he still throws hard enough to be a dominant force at the end of games. While his walk rate ticked up a bit in 2015, it was not to the worrisome levels of his time in the lower minors. Given the price that the Astros paid, Giles figures to have a fairly long leash if he goes through a rough patch, but Luke Gregerson will be waiting in the wings if Giles does slip.
Giles went from a relative unknown Double-A reliever to a future closer last season. He has been on the radar as a relief prospect thanks to his upper-90s fastball, but his command had always been questionable. Giles showed some improvements in the minors last season as he learned to better command his slider. The Phillies gave him a look in their bullpen in June and Giles seized the opportunity. His 12.6 K/9 and 5.82 K/BB ratio in 45.2 innings with the Phillies were eye opening. The Phillies appear ready to turn over closing duties to Giles, but Jonathan Papelbon remains with the club. Unless the Phillies can trade Papelbon, Giles will be limited to a setup role this season. He will still have value in most formats thanks to his strikeout rate and the potential for saves if Papelbon gets dealt or suffers an injury during the season.
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Shut down for at least two weeks
PToronto Blue Jays
Forearm
July 30, 2020
Giles (forearm) received an injection in his elbow Thursday and will remain shut down for at least two weeks, Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca reports.
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Set for second opinion
PToronto Blue Jays
Forearm
July 28, 2020
Giles will receive a second opinion on his strained right forearm and remains shut down for now, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
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Diagnosed with forearm strain
PToronto Blue Jays
Forearm
July 27, 2020
Giles was diagnosed with a forearm strain Monday, Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca reports.
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Heading to injured list
PToronto Blue Jays
Elbow
July 27, 2020
Giles is still awaiting the results of his elbow MRI but will head to the injured list Monday, Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca reports.
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Slated to undergo MRI
PToronto Blue Jays
Elbow
July 26, 2020
Giles (elbow) will undergo an MRI to determine the severity of his injury, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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