# 24 RF
Height: 5-10 Weight:205
Birthdate: 01/20/1971 El Cajon, CA
Bats: L Throws: L
Drafted: Cleveland Indians, 17th Round, 435th Overall
2005 Souting Report
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.
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.
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.