Phillies: Building the team through baseball cards, pt.2
Another former Phillie is right-handed pitcher Ken Giles.
Giles spent time in the minors for Philadelphia before making his major league debut in 2014.
In two seasons and 113 games, he had a 9-4 record, 16 saves, 1.56 ERA and 1.037 WHIP.
In Dec. 2015, Giles was part of a trade with the Houston Astros that included Vince Velasquez.
After a rough few years with the Astros and end of the 2018 season for the Toronto Blue Jays, Giles had a rebound year as the Jays’ closer.
He had a 2-3 record, 23 saves, 1.87 ERA and 1.000 WHIP last season, despite dealing with a recurring elbow issue at times.
With a strong 2019 campaign and previous success with the Phillies, I would also give him a nod for players the Phillies could use.
And the other “former Phillie” in the two packs of cards is rightfielder and designated hitter Daniel Palka.
I put former in quotation marks as Palka never actually played for the Phillies.
He was drafted by the team out of high school in 2010 before being drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks out of college in 2013.
He spent time in the minors for the Diamondbacks and Minnesota Twins before making his major league debut with the Chicago White Sox in 2018.
Through two seasons and 154 games, Palka has 29 HR, 71 RBI and a .218/.277/.433 slash line.