The newest member of the Astros was officially introduced on Monday, as recently acquired reliever Ken Giles Jerseys said he looked forward to joining a contender in any capacity.
Giles, 25, has been superb in both of his first two Major League seasons with the Phillies. Over 113 games (115 2/3 innings), he is 9-4 with a 1.56 ERA and 16 saves. He finished the 2015 season ranked third among National League relievers in ERA and tied for fourth in strikeouts.
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The Astros are hoping that Giles will have that same type of success in Houston.
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“Any role, it doesn’t matter, any role right now — I just want to be that good teammate coming in and make sure I earn their respect and show them what I’m capable of doing,” Giles said. “I don’t need to put any more pressure than I do right now.”
Giles, along with Minor League shortstop Jonathan Arauz, mlb uniforms was acquired by the Astros for five players, including Mark Appel, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 Draft.
“We did give up a significant package to acquire Ken,” Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said. “Ken is at the beginning of his Major League career. What he did last year in Philadelphia to establish himself as one of the elite late-innings relievers in the game is really something we were looking to have him bring in here and contribute to this ballclub.”
Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. Share This Email Print + Hide Comments