Going into the 2014 season, there was hope, promise, and some sort of optimism that we could see some great performances and talented players in Reading.
Though the All-Star Game is far past the midway point of the Eastern League season, I figured it was as good a time as any to recap the first “half” of the season (if we can really call it that), and take a look back while looking ahead to the team’s final 49 games.
While the outstanding performances have been few and far between, some great things did happen this year. But, for the most part, the story of the 2014 Reading club has been written over the past month: it’s a flawed team that doesn’t have a ton of talent, and they have scuffled to a 38-55 record. Continue reading Reading Report: At the Break
Mike Adams to the DL, which means Ken Giles is coming up. Giles has been a darling of fans so far because of his minor league numbers and triple digit fastball. However, you might want hold off before anointing him a dominant closer.
What you’ll See Now:
Giles will sit with the fastball mostly 96-98 but you will see 99s and 100s. He has had enough control to get it in the zone for the most part (walks were up in AAA), but he still lacks command of the pitch. When he misses he will miss up, and major leaguers will be able to time that pitch. He pairs that with a short slider around 90 mph. It is more of a quick cutting pitch that a wipeout pitch. There is potential for it to be a plus plus pitch in the long term, but right now it lacks consistency. He might mix a splitter in at times, but it is far behind his other pitches. Continue reading What to Expect from Ken Giles
Ken Giles struck out 29 of the 57 batters he faced in the Eastern League in 2014. There was no question that his promotion was warranted, and no question that the Lehigh Valley bullpen was prepared for the right-hander’s talented arm to join them.
It did, naturally, leave a bit of a hole in the relief corps in Reading. It’s been a week since Giles’ promotion to the Pigs, and the Reading bullpen has had a few games to sort out what life is like without the hard-throwing Giles. (The pen also lost Kyle Simon, who was promoted to Lehigh Valley along with Giles.) So, what’s left in the bullpen for the Fightins? Will we see other promotions sometime soon? Should we expect to see any of them with the big club this year? Continue reading A look at the Giles-less Reading bullpen