Another strong outing in relief by Ken Giles in the Arizona Fall League took place today for the Peoria Javelinas. It was a clean inning with two strikeouts, one a swinging strike three and the other a called strike three. Just like his two strikeouts in the Fall Stars game last Saturday night.
Giles had one bad outing of his nine appearances in the AFL which happened a couple of weeks ago when he faced seven batters and did not retire any of them giving up four hits and three walks. Even with that effort, Giles has been one of the top relievers in fall ball.
Take out that one ineffective appearance and add in his one inning in the Fall Star’s game, Giles has struck out 15 in 9.1 innings he pitched so far in the AFL. Hard to top his almost a 15 strikeout to 9.1 innings pitched ratio at any level of baseball. In these eight games and 9.1 innings he has not given up a run and allowed only four hits while walking five.
Former scout for the Mariners and Astros now the AFL analyst for MLB.com and MLB.Pipeline.com, Bernie Pleskoff said that Giles is the surprise of the AFL in a Saturday morning interview. He has been impressed with his 100 mph fastball but feels that Giles would have better command dialing his fastball back to around 95 mph. READ MORE HERE
The AFL season ends next Thursday and Giles should get at least one more appearance. He has clearly earned an invite to the major league camp when the Phillies catchers and pitchers report to Clearwater on February 13th.
For us diehards we are already on the 2014 spring training clock. As Clearwater Threshers season ticket-holders Baseball Betsy and I have been informed by e-mail that we can order Phillies spring training tickets on line Monday, November 11th. We’re planning to get some tickets for us and a friend who will be coming down from up north to get away from the snow and cold for the first week of spring training games in Florida.
We all expect to see Ken Giles pitch an inning or two in relief that first week of major league spring training games to show us his stuff this time against some big league bats. He certainly has earned an invite to the major league camp so far based on what he has done in fall ball in the desert again some of the best young minor league bats in baseball.