Ken Giles finished fourth in NL ROY voting


Jun 12, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Ken Giles (53) throws his first pitch in the major leagues during the ninth inning of a game against the San Diego Padres at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies won 7-3. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Some folks are hoping to see Ken Giles step into the closer role for the Philadelphia Phillies. Perhaps his fourth-place finish in the National League Rookie of the Year voting on Monday will affirm that he could indeed move into said role.

It wasn’t exactly a close race as Giles was outscored 142-8 in comparison to the winner, Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets.

Giles, 24, was 23 at the time of his MLB debut on June 12. Like many rookies, Giles got into the big leagues late in the season. His numbers, however, were unlike most rookies.

In 44 games Giles went 3-1 with a 1.18 ERA, finishing 11 games and recording a save. Bringing the heat and striking out the side seem to be a Giles trademark already in his young career as he averaged 12.6 strikeouts per nine innings with a season total 64 strikeouts.

Not only was Giles a top four rookie of the 2014 season, but he was one of four Phillies pitchers to combine for a no-hitter on September 1.