Giles Finishes Fourth for NL ROY

Ken GilesAt least a few people recognized Ken Giles’ stellar rookie season.

He finished fourth Monday in National League Rookie of the Year voting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. He received two second-place votes and two third-place votes to finish with eight points, which put him behind Mets pitcher and winner Jacob deGrom (142 points), Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton (92) and Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong (14 points).

Giles went 3-1 with a 1.18 ERA and one save in 44 appearances following his promotion from Triple-A Lehigh Valley in June. Spending the first two months of the season in Triple-A Lehigh Valley certainly cost him votes, but it is tough to get votes as a relief pitcher, if he is not a closer.

Giles could be closing games for the Phillies as early as next season, if they trade Jonathan Papelbon in the offseason.

But Giles put up some eye-popping and historically impressive numbers in 2014. He allowed 25 hits, 11 walks and struck out 64 in 45 2/3 innings. His 0.79 WHIP is fifth among all rookie relievers since 1914. His 5.82 strikeout-to-walk ratio is sixth, and his 12.61 strikeouts-per-nine innings average is 10th.


Good deal now to unload Papolbon

I don’t know if Ken Giles will ever have another season like 2014 (see Nick Foles), but he was like a pitcher from another planet last year.

I think his stuff is at a level where as long as his head is in the game he will be as good if not better

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