Kenneth Robert Giles is a Major League Baseball pitcher who currently plays for the Seattle Mariners. Giles initially played for the Philadelphia Phillies, Houston Astros, and Toronto Blue Jays before joining the Mariners
Giles began playing baseball at a young age and continued to do so while attending Rio Grande High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Despite being drafted out of high school by the Florida Marlins, Giles enrolled at Yavapai College and played college baseball until he was drafted in the seventh round (241st overall) of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft by the Philadelphia Phillies.
Giles advanced fast through the Philadelphia Phillies’ Minor League Baseball (MiLB) system, overcoming two oblique injuries to play in major league spring training prior to the 2014 season.
Despite beginning the season in MiLB, Giles was quickly promoted to the major leagues, making his debut on June 12. Giles placed fourth in the National League Rookie of the Year voting that season, one of the team’s few bright spots.
Giles began the 2015 season as the team’s primary setup man, but after the Phillies traded their closer (Jonathan Papelbon), Giles took over. Giles is a power pitcher known for his fastball, which can reach speeds of up to 100 miles per hour (160 km/h). He blends his fastball with a slider to produce strong strike-out rates.
Who Are Ken Giles Parents?
Ken Giles was born to Glenn Giles and Mrs. Giles. There is not much about his dad and mom’s profession.
Glenn Giles, the son of Phillies relief pitcher Ken Giles, saw his son’s baseball aptitude and encouraged him to pursue it.
The surprising part is that Glenn discovered this gift before his son had even entered preschool.
Glenn traveled to Denver to watch his son pitch in May and watches every Phillies game he can on television.