Ken Giles
Ken Giles
28-Year-Old PitcherRP
Toronto Blue Jays
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $6.3 million contract with the Blue Jays in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Avoids arbitration
PToronto Blue Jays
January 11, 2019
Giles agreed to a one-year, $6.3 million deal with the Blue Jays, avoiding arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
While Giles wasn't lights-out for Toronto after getting traded there from Houston, he doesn't have much competition for saves to open the year. He is set for one more arbitration year in 2020 before hitting the open market.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .212 360 106 29 69 11 2 8
Since 2016vs Right .251 385 132 24 89 21 4 10
2018vs Left .224 105 23 6 22 4 1 3
2018vs Right .305 107 30 1 32 7 1 3
2017vs Left .196 115 37 11 20 1 1 3
2017vs Right .200 132 46 10 24 7 0 1
2016vs Left .214 140 46 12 27 6 0 2
2016vs Right .254 146 56 13 33 7 3 6
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
ERA on Road
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ERA at Home
ERA on Road
Since 2016Home 3.79 1.12 94.0 2 8 37 12.5 2.2 0.9
Since 2016Away 3.44 1.25 83.2 1 3 38 11.4 3.2 1.0
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
2017Home 0.84 0.72 32.0 0 1 19 12.7 1.7 0.0
2017Away 3.82 1.37 30.2 1 2 15 11.2 4.4 1.2
2016Home 4.58 1.23 37.1 2 4 5 15.4 2.9 1.0
2016Away 3.49 1.38 28.1 0 1 10 12.1 4.1 1.3
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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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Notches 26th save
PToronto Blue Jays
September 29, 2018
Giles allowed a hit and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning Friday to pick up his 26th save of the season in a 7-6 win over the Rays.
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Secures 25th save
PToronto Blue Jays
September 26, 2018
Giles picked up his 25th save of the season Wednesday against the Astros, striking out one across a perfect ninth inning.
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Logs 24th save
PToronto Blue Jays
September 22, 2018
Giles struck out one and worked around a walk to pitch a scoreless inning and get the save Saturday against the Rays.
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Records 22nd save
PToronto Blue Jays
September 16, 2018
Giles gave up a hit and struck out two while tossing a scoreless ninth inning and picking up the save Sunday against the Yankees.
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Secures another save
PToronto Blue Jays
September 15, 2018
Giles didn't allow a baserunner and struck out two over 1.1 innings to secure his 21st save of the season in Saturday's 8-7 win over the Yankees.
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