ESPN wrote:2004 Season When the Padres traded Oliver Perez and Jason Bay for Brian Giles in August 2003, they were hoping to get the player who was seventh in the majors in OPS (on-base plus slugging) from 1999-2002. Instead, they got more of a complementary player than a star who could carry the team for stretches. Giles' production was reasonably consistent, and he was one of the few hitters who's numbers were better at Petco, but his season has to be viewed as somewhat of a disappointment.
Hitting High expectations may have played a role in Giles' struggles. Normally a very patient hitter with a discerning eye at the plate, his strikeout and walk numbers both trended in the wrong direction last year, and his groundball rate increased as well. From his open stance, he'll stride toward the pitch and try to pull anything on the inner half, or go to the opposite field with anything outside. In previous years, his homers went to all fields, but this year they went almost exclusively to right. Perhaps he was pressing, trying to justify the Padres trading two emerging stars for him.
Baserunning & Defense While he isn't a speedy runner, Giles will steal a base if the pitcher isn't vigilant. He'll break up a double play or run over a catcher blocking the plate like a fullback taking out a safety. He positions himself well in the outfield and reads the ball off the bat better than most, but his average foot speed was exposed on grounders and liners that found Petco's deep alleys. Giles' arm is above average and quite accurate.
2005 Outlook Giles undoubtedly will be focused on atoning for his 2004 showing, and a move to left field may help if the Padres can re-tool their outfield. They love his effort and quiet leadership, so regardless of whether Giles returns to his pre-2002 levels, they will feel bringing him home was a good deal.
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PEORIA, Ariz. ---- Brian Giles is more than willing to trade individual success for team success. The power output of the Padres' right fielder took an appreciable dip during his first season in Petco Park. But Giles said this week that he doesn't yearn for his days hitting in the bandboxes of the National League Central or regret the 2003 trade that sent him from Pittsburgh to his hometown Padres.
"Winning is what it's all about," said Giles, a Granite Hills High alumnus. "When you continue to get your butt kicked, it's hard. You can sacrifice numbers to win. Obviously, this organization made a commitment to put a product out that can be successful in the new stadium."
Giles was a two-time All-Star for the Pirates, but the team never put a respectable product on the field.
Last season, he played in all but three games as the Padres enjoyed their first winning record in six years. Partly because of the roomy ballpark, though, Giles hit 12 fewer home runs and had a slugging percentage 115 points lower than in any full season with Pittsburgh.
"You look at your numbers and feel disappointed because you're not helping the team and if I do this or that the team's going to be better," he said. "It's tough not to talk about the park when you're frustrated and you're so close (to the playoffs). I think we learned that last year for sure, and it won't be a topic."
In an effort to maintain his durability, Giles conducted his usual offseason workout regimen under the guidance of Alpine-based trainer Mike Douglass, the former San Diego State and NFL linebacker.
"I think my responsibility to the team is for (manager Bruce) Bochy to have ability to write me in there every day," Giles said. "(Games played) was one thing that I was happy with."