Kenneth Robert Giles...Graduated from Rio Grande High School in Albuquerque, NM, in 2009...Attended El Dorado High School before transferring to Rio Grande for his senior year...Selected by the Marlins in the 44th round of the 2009 draft but did not sign, opting to attend New Mexico Junior College... Pitched in 10 games during his freshman season, allowing 18 earned runs in 11.1 innings...Transferred to Yavapai College in Prescott, AZ, for his sophomore season...Made 23 appearances, posting a 1.18 ERA (5 ER/38.0 IP) with 67 strikeouts and 22 walks...His brother, Josh, pitched in the minors from 2005-2008 within the Texas Rangers organization...His wife, Estela, was a pitcher on the University of Arizona softball team...They have two sons, Brody and Brayden.
Ranked 1st among AL relievers in strikeout rate (39.9%), 3rd in ERA (1.87) and T-8th in saves (23)...Led the Majors with a 95.8 save percentage, which was also the best in club history (min. 20 SVO)...His 98.0 SV% over the last two seasons (49-for-50) is tied with Canadian Eric Gagne (2003-2004) for the highest over any two-year span since saves became official in 1969 (courtesy STATS)...Posted a 0.87 ERA (3 ER/31.0 IP) at home, the best among all MLB pitchers with at least 25.0 innings pitched at home...Was named BBWAA, Toronto Chapter, Pitcher of the Year...Converted 34 consecutive save opportunites from Sept. 12, 2017 to April 11, 2019...Marked the longest active streak at the time, and tied for 27th longest in MLB history...His 17 consecutive save conversions marked the longest streak to begin a Blue Jays career all-time (B.J. Ryan - 11 in 2006)...Put together a career-high 18.0 scoreless innings streak from April 18-June 20...Was the longest scoreless streak by a Blue Jay in 2019 and the longest active streak in the Majors at the time...Struck out a batter in 27 straight relief appearances from April 13-July 23 to set a team record (Kelvim Escobar - 25)...Recorded his 1st win as a Blue Jay on April 26 vs. OAK (1.0, H, 2K)...Was his first W since May 5, 2017 at LAA...Collected his 9th save of season and the 100th of his career on May 10 vs. CWS...On June 1 at COL, fanned Raimel Tapia with a 100.4 MPH fastball, the 3rd fastest pitch ever recorded by a Blue Jay since tracking became official in 2008 (Brandon Morrow - 101.2 on Sept. 10, 2014; Jeremy Jeffress - 100.8 on Sept. 4, 2013)...Was placed on the injured list with right elbow inflammation from June 9-19...Spent a few days on the paternity list, from Aug. 22-24.
Was a perfect 26-for-26 in save opportunities while posting a 0.36 ERA in those outings (24.2 IP, 13H, ER, HR, 3BB, 30K) ... His 14 consecutive save conversions is the longest streak to begin a Blue Jays career (B.J. Ryan - 11 in 2006) ... Was the only closer without a blown save (min. 15 SV-OP) ... His 26 saves without a blown save were 8th most in MLB history ... Has converted each of his last 31 save opportunities, dating back to Sept. 12, 2017 at LAA, for the longest active streak in the Majors ... Allowed 25 of 26 ER in non-save situations (8.77 ERA, 25.2 IP, 41H, 3BB, 23K) ... Had a record of 0-2 and went 12-for-12 in save situations with a 4.99 ERA (17 ER/30.2 IP) and a 1.27 WHIP over 34 appearances for Houston... Allowed all 17 of his ER in non-save situations (19.2 IP, 29H, 2BB, 16K) ... Was optioned to Triple-A Fresno by Houston on July 11, where he posted an 8.44 ERA (5 ER/5.1 IP, 9H, 2BB, 8K) ... Was acquired from the Astros along with RHP David Paulino and RHP Hector Perez in exchange for RHP Roberto Osuna on July 30 ... Made his Blue Jays debut on Aug. 3 at SEA, striking out three batters (1.0, 2H, ER) ... Allowed two home runs in a game for the first time in his career on Aug. 7 vs. BOS ... Picked up his 1st save as a Blue Jay on Aug. 12 vs. TB (1.0 IP, K) ... Recorded his only four-out save of the season on Sept. 15 at NYY (1.1 IP, 2K) ... On Sept. 22 vs. TB, converted his 12th straight save since joining Toronto, surpassing B.J. Ryan (11 in 2006) for the most to start a Blue Jays career ... Saved back-to-back games for the 4th time since joining the Jays on Sept. 26 vs. HOU and Sept. 28 at TB ... Over 21 games with Toronto, posted a 4.12 ERA (9 ER/19.2 IP) with a 1.12 WHIP.
The 27-year-old had a dominant season as the Astros closer...recorded 34 saves in 38 chances (89.5%), and boasted a 2.30 ERA (16ER/62.2IP) in 63 outings...struck out 83 batters in his 62.2 innings of work for a 11.92 strikeouts per 9.0 innings ratio...walked 21 for a 3.02 walks per 9.0 innings ratio, which was his lowest since his debut season in 2014 (2.17)...ranked highly among AL relievers in several categories: ERA (7th), strikeouts per 9.0 innings (13th), strikeouts (14th) and opponent batting average (18th)...has pitched at least 40 innings, while maintaining a strikeout per 9.0 inning ratio of 11.00 in each of his four seasons in the bigs...joins RHP Troy Percival (1995-98) as the only players since 1913 to do so...ranked tied for fourth in the AL in saves, and second in save percentage...34 saves rank eighth in franchise history, and are the most by an Astros reliever since 2008, when RHP Jose Valverde tallied a franchise-record tying 44...was successful in all 19 of his regular season save opportunities at home this year, and 20 straight opportunities at home dating back to Sept. 25, 2016...is the longest single-season home saves streak in club history, and ties the longest home saves streak overall with two separate streaks set by LHP Billy Wagner (most recently 2002-03)...boasted a stingy 0.84 ERA (3ER/32IP) at Minute Maid Park this season...ranked tied for the fourth lowest ERA for an Astros pitcher at home in franchise history (min. 30IP)...went 0-2-2 in seven postseason appearances...five of those outings were at least 1.0 inning...struck out 10 batters in 7.2 innings...made his third consecutive, and third overall Opening Day roster...remained on the roster all season...recorded the save in each of Houston's first two games this season (April 3-4)...became the third pitcher in franchise history to record a save in each of the Astros first two games of a season...joined LHP Billy Wagner (1997) and RHP Dave Smith (1987)...struck out at least two batters in each of his first three outings of the season (April 3-3K, April 4-2K, April 6-3K)...became the only reliever in Astros history to strike out at least two batters in 1.0 inning-or-less in each of his first three outings of a season...had an eight-game streak at Minute Maid Park where he did not allow a baserunner, from April 17-May 22...was tied for the longest streak by a reliever in club history with RHP Brandon Lyon (2010) and RHP Octavio Dotel (2002)...had a 15-game scoreless streak at home from April 17-July 14...went 10-for-10 in save opportunities during his streak, and held opposing hitters to an .089 batting avg. (4x45)...was tied for the sixth-longest home scoreless appearance streak in club history, and the longest since RHP Will Harris had a 17-game streak from 2015-16...recorded the first 2.0-inning save of his career on Aug. 13 at TEX...entered the game with two on and no outs in the 8th inning...finished August with three saves (three save opps.) of at least 1.2 innings (Aug. 13, 18, 31)...prior to 2017, had recorded a save of more than three outs just three times in his career, all during the 2015 season with Philadelphia...prior to Giles, the last Astro to record consecutive saves of at least 1.2 innings pitched in a single season was RHP Brad Lidge in 2004... from June 28 through the end of the season, allowed just four earned runs...posted 16 saves in 18 opportunities with a 1.15 ERA (4ER/31.1IP), 45 strikeouts and a .196 opponent batting average...was scoreless in each of his last eight outings, dating back to Sept. 12 at LAA...did not allow a runner to score despite allowing eight hits and two walks...recorded a 2.0-inning save in Game 4 of the ALDS at BOS...gave up one run, an inside the park homer to Rafael Devers in the 9th inning...that was the only baserunner he allowed...struck out one in the outing...was the first time in club history that a reliever recorded a 2.0-inning save to clinch a postseason series win...recorded the final five outs of ALCS Game 1 to capture his second consecutive save...recorded four strikeouts in his 1.2 innings, allowing one run on one hit, a 9th-inning solo homer by Greg Bird...became the second pitcher in club history to post consecutive saves of at least five outs in the postseason...joined RHP Brad Lidge, who did so in Games 3 and 4 of the 2004 NLCS vs. the Cardinals.
In what was his first season in an Astros uniform, set a career-high in strikeouts (102), becoming the sixth reliever in Astros history with a 100-strikeout season, and the first since RHP Brad Lidge fanned 104 in 2006... tied a career high and led the Astros with 69 appearances...tied a career high in saves, which also tied for the club lead...posted a 13.98 strikeouts per 9.0 innings ratio (102SO/65.2IP), which ranked fifth in club history by a reliever for a single season...the only other relievers in club history to post higher single-season marks were LHP Billy Wagner (1997, 1998, 1999) and RHP Brad Lidge (14.93 in 2004)...ranked third among AL relievers in strikeouts behind RHP Dellin Betances (126) and LHP Andrew Miller (123)...ranked fifth in strikeouts per 9.0 innings...also ranked third among AL relievers in multi-strikeout games (34)...marked the most multi-strikeout games by an Astros reliever since RHP Brad Lidge set the club record with 51 in 2004...opponents hit just .093 with five extra-base hits off his slider...also recorded 84 of his 102 strikeouts via the pitch (80.8%)...ranked fifth among Major League relievers in average fastball velocity (97.2 mph), behind LHP Aroldis Chapman (100.4), RHP Arquimedes Caminero (97.8), RHP Dellin Betances (97.6) and RHP Craig Kimbrel (97.3)...posted a 40 percent swing and miss rate, which ranked third in MLB (min. 100 batters faced) behind RHP Luke Gregerson (42.6%) and RHP Dellin Betances (41.1%)...his 16.33 strikeouts per 9.0 innings ratio after the All-Star Break (52SO/28.2IP) was the highest produced by a Major Leaguer since 1933 (year of first ASG)...was placed on the Paternity List for the birth of his son, Brody, on Aug. 12...activated from the Paternity List on Aug. 15...had a rough start to the season, allowing 12 runs over his first 14 outings and 11.2 innings pitched (9.26 ERA)...rebounded to go 2-3 with a 3.00 ERA (18ER/54IP), 15 saves, 86 strikeouts, 20 walks and 43 hits allowed over his final 55 games of the season (beginning on May 9)...struck out six batters on 36 pitches in 1.2 innings on Aug. 7 vs. TEX...struck out four batters in the 9th inning, becoming the first Astros pitcher with four strikeouts in a single inning since RHP Bud Norris on April 24, 2012 at MIL (3rd inning)...also became the third pitcher since 1913 to record 6 strikeouts in an appearance of less than 2.0 innings, joining Montreal's RHP Steve Kline (Aug. 17, 1999 at SF) and Boston's knuckleballer RHP Tim Wakefield (Aug. 10, 1999 at KC)...recorded nine consecutive saves from Aug. 9-Sept. 10...tied the longest consecutive saves streak by an Astro in 2016 with RHP Will Harris (June 5-July 5)...was the second-longest streak of his career behind a 13-game run in 2015...on Sept. 20 at OAK, earned his 13th save on what was his 26th birthday, working out of a bases loaded, one-out jam...became the sixth pitcher in club history to record a save on his birthday, and the first since RHP Ken Forsch did so on Sept. 8, 1974 vs. SD, on what was his 28th birthday...converted 14 of his last 16 save opportunities (beginning on Aug. 9)...ranked tied for second in the Majors in saves in that span.
Ranked third among National League relievers in ERA (1.80, 14ER/70IP), fourth in home runs per 9.0 innings (0.26, 2HR), tied for fourth in strikeouts (87) and eighth in strikeouts per 9.0 innings (11.19) in his second Major League season...was appointed to the closer's role following the trade of Jonathan Papelbon to Washington on July 28...in 24 games as the Phillies closer, went 1-1 while going 15-for-17 in save chances (88.2%) and posting a 1.71 ERA (5ER/26.1IP), ﬁve walks, 33 strikeouts and a .198 opponent batting average (20x101)...his 1.80 ERA was the lowest by a Philadelphia reliever since 2005, when LHP Billy Wagner posted a 1.51 mark...became the fastest Phillies pitcher to reach 100 career strikeouts (77IP) since RHP Brad Lidge (74.2IP)...recorded his 100th career punchout on June 23 at NYY (Brett Gardner)...posted the seventh-lowest road ERA (0.94, 3ER/28.2IP) among all Major League pitchers (min. 25g)...did not allow an earned run in 9.1 innings against American League opponents...made his ﬁrst career Opening Day roster...went 237 consecutive batters faced without allowing a home run from June 23, 2014 to May16, 2015...had a 12.0 inning scoreless streak from June 3-28 that spanned 11 games...had a three-game winning streak from July 17-Sept. 12, which was the longest by a Phillies reliever in 2015...had a season-long 14.0 inning scoreless streak from Aug. 12-Sept. 22 (12 games)...allowed just seven baserunners over the streak (5 hits, 2 walks, 0.50 WHIP).
Finished 4th in NL Rookie of the Year voting... Among all NL relievers, finished 2nd in FIP (1.30), 3rd in WHIP (0.79), SO/BB ratio (5.82) & opponent's OPS (.450), 5th in SO/9.0 IP (12.61) and 6th in HR/9.0 IP (0.20)... Posted a 38.6% SO rate after striking out 64 of the 166 total batters he faced, trailing only Aroldis Chapman (52.5%) and Craig Kimbrel (38.9%) among all NL relievers... Became the fastest pitcher in Phillies history to record his first 50 career strikeouts, doing so in 35.0 innings (previous: Grant Jackson, 1967: 50 SO in 39.2 IP)... 39 of his 44 ML appearances were scoreless (89%)... Was a non-roster invitee to ML spring training... Named Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Month for April (1.38 ERA in 13.0 IP)... Went 2-0, 12 SV, 1.88 ERA (6 ER, 28.2 IP) with 38 SO to 13 BB in 24 appearances between Reading (AA) and Lehigh Valley (AAA)... Had his contract selected from Lehigh Valley on 6/8... Made his ML debut, 6/12 vs SD (0.1 IP, ER, HR, SO)... Had 3 separate scoreless streaks of at least 9.0 innings: 14.2 innings (13 G, 6/15-7/19), 9.1 innings (9 G, 8/5-22) and 10.0 innings (10 G, 8/26-9/13)... Went 9 straight appearances (10.1 IP) without issuing a walk (7/1-26)... Earned his 1st ML win, 8/10 vs NYM (1.0 IP)... Pitched a scoreless 8th inning (3 SO) in the Phillies' combined no-hitter, 9/1 at ATL... Retired 25 consecutive batters (13 SO), 8/27-9/13)... Earned his 1st ML save, 9/20 at OAK (1.0 IP, SO)
Spent the season with Clearwater (A)... Averaged 13.89 SO/9.0 IP (34 SO, 25.2 IP)... Held opponents to a .167 AVG (7-42) over 9 July games... Had 2 separate DL stints with an oblique strain: 4/4-18 and 4/21-7/3... Pitched for Peoria in the Arizona Fall League where he was selected as an AFL All-Star
Began the season with Lakewood (A)... Held South Atlantic League opponents to a .215 AVG
(54-251)... Promoted to Clearwater on 7/29... 8 of his 10 appearances with Clearwater were scoreless... Averaged 12.18 SO/9.0 IP between both levels... Participated in Florida Instructional League
Began his pro career with the Gulf Coast League Phillies (R)