The Phillies Call Up Ken Giles from Triple-A

As Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, the Phillies have placed reliever Mike Adams on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation of the right rotator cuff. As a result, the club is calling up Ken Giles from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Adams, 35, started the season on the disabled list as he was still recovering from surgery on his labrum last July. He was quietly effective for the team since making his season debut in mid-April. In 17 innings spent mostly in the seventh and eighth, the right-hander posted a 2.12 ERA with a 20/7 K/BB ratio.

Obviously, the injury hurts the Phillies more than just on the field because he was a potential trade chip. Adams would become a free agent after the season if the Phillies declined his $6 million club option for 2015 (assuming he wouldn’t reach 60 innings in 2014 which would make the option vest on its own).

Giles has had a great season split between Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley. In 28 2/3 total innings, the 23-year-old posted a 1.88 ERA with a 38/13 K/BB ratio.

I’ve argued here that the Phillies shouldn’t promote him since he could become a super two candidate and because his arbitration clock would start ticking in a season that didn’t matter. At the very least, Giles will add some intrigue to a season that has completely gone off the rails over the last week-plus.

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  1. George Callanan

    June 08, 2014 08:22 AM

    Let’s see what 100 Miles Giles can do. He will determine if it’s to early to bring him up. The Phillies tend to keep talent to long in the minors. Fear of failure. If you do not take a gamble you never no . Let’s hope Giles delivers. They need something good to happen.

  2. Bob

    June 08, 2014 07:02 PM

    Another young arm with a high walk rate.

  3. Tom

    June 09, 2014 09:29 AM

    Let me just save everyone some time…here’s the only two things that will happen

    He does well – If he does well we’ll hear how it’s because the league “doesn’t have a book on him”. It’ll be excused away as beginners luck and we’ll be greeted by that snarky chuckle from the experts as usual. The cockiness never ceases to amaze me

    He does bad – see, we told you so, he needed more time. You’ll hear the experts boasting about how they’re “real baseball guys” that go “way back” and have “seen this before”.

    • George Callanan

      June 09, 2014 01:01 PM

      They should of put Giles in on Sunday against the Reds. Down 4-1 perfect time to get his feet wet. But no let him sit around and think about it for another two days. Does this team do anything right anymore?Amaro is done and for those who are close to him as assistant GM’s I would be real worried. A full house cleaning is coming.

  4. Major Malfunction

    June 09, 2014 01:28 PM

    At this point, the Phils roster has sealed its fate with weighted down veteran contracts that are untradeable and going nowhere. Normally, one would want to season its prospects and bring up slowly.

    But why bother at this point? The next 2 years, at least, the Phillies are basement dwellers. Bring up the young talent and let them earn their wings. More importantly, let them see what its like to lose at the professional level and hopefully, light a fire underneath them to succeed.

    I’d rather watch a 100mph pitcher fling stuff to the plate then these 85mph clowns they trot out there each night to get roped, aka tire fire.

    • George Callanan

      June 10, 2014 09:14 PM

      I agree with Major Malfunction. It is time to let Giles and other minor league players have a chance. Even if they lose they will gain valuable experience. If a few succeed we might be good in 2018.

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