Name: Kenny Giles
DOB: September 20, 1990
Height: 6′ 2″
Acquired: Drafted in the 7th round (#241 overall) in the 2011 draft, $250,000 signing bonus
Pre Draft Report: Coming out of Junior College Giles showed impressive arm strength with his fastball sitting 92-96 and touching as high as 99. His control is not great and he might have to cut back on his velocity in order to consistently throw strikes. His secondary pitches are a slider and splitter that both flash average but are below for now. His future is likely in the bullpen but a team might give him the chance to start.
Career Synopsis: After signing Giles was sent to the GCL where he pitched in 3 games with limited success but did strike out 7 in 4.2 innings. Going into 2012 Kevin Goldstein had him as a sleeper prospect based purely on his impressive arm strength.
Giles went to Lakewood to start 2012, he initially worked out of the starting rotation to get innings. His stuff was impressive with the fastball occasionally touching 100 out of the bullpen. He showed some problems with control posting a 5.88BB/9 in 67.1 IP but also missed bats with a 11.50K/9. Towards the end of the end of the season Giles earned a promotion to Clearwater where he was even move impressive lowering his walk rate to 3.68BB/9 while also raising his strikeout rate to 15.34K/9 in 14.2 IP. His final 2012 line was 82 IP, 3.51 ERA, 50BB, 111K.
Scouting Report: Below is an assessment of Giles’s raw tools, rated on the traditional 20-80 scouting scale. The grades are my estimation based on what I’ve read and those I’ve talked to. The second number is a future projection, the first number is the current assessment
Arm Strength: 80
Secondary Pitches: 40/50 (splitter and slider)
Summary: As a reliever Giles sits 95-98 and can touch 100, his fastball can get a little straight. His slider and splitter are works in progress but both could be average. His command and control need some work but they have improved in his time in the minors. Giles is limited to a bullpen role where he has a chance to be special with closer upside.
Upside: Giles is a true fireballing reliever with an elite fastball. If his control and one of his secondary pitches can be average he can be dominant. He had some injury history in college but had no issues in his first full year. His work in the spring could determine whether he returns to Clearwater or goes to Reading to start the year. either way Giles has the potential to make it to the big leagues very quickly with 2014 being the likely ETA.
Profile updated: 10/14/12