Over the years, the Dodgers have been known for taking reclamation project players and turning them into an effective member of the team. It’s the Dodger “magic” that has helped turn around the career of so many players.
Now it doesn’t always work, and it’s starting to look like they have found their latest player where it won’t. Former MLB closer Ken Giles signed with the team earlier in the year, hoping to get his career back on track. But at least so far in Triple-A, things haven’t gone too smoothly for the veteran.
Through 10 games with Oklahoma City, Giles owns an ERA of 10.61. It hasn’t been the return that he and the team were hoping for.
Giles has been battling multiple injuries over the last few seasons, but when healthy, he was one of the better closers in the game. He owns a career ERA of 2.72 in the big leagues and has 115 saves on his resume.
The last time that we saw Giles perform over a large sample size was in 2019 when he was with the Toronto Blue Jays. He was solid, putting up an ERA of 1.87 and had 23 saves as well.
However, his performance so far in the minors is a cause for concern. The Dodgers were hoping that he could potentially be a part of their bullpen down the stretch, but this experiment looks like a miss more and more.
The Dodgers bullpen issues this season have been well-documented, but they have solidified the pen of late and are now performing at a much higher rate. They may not have a need for Giles any longer, especially with his play in the minors.
All Giles can do is continue to go out there for Oklahoma City and keep battling. Maybe he can regain his form and join the Dodgers at some point. We wish him luck going forward, but things aren’t looking great right now for him.
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