OF Tommy Giles Prospect #36

LAdugout.com is currently taking a look at the top prospects in the Dodger farm system. Tommy Giles, our #36 selection, was a Dodgers batboy during spring training and also for the Vero Beach Dodgers before being selected in the eighth round of the 2006 draft.

6-0 190 BL TL
Residence- Vero Beach, Fla.
DOB- Aug. 26, 1983
How Obtained- Drafted in the eighth round 2006
2006 Club rating #50

Tommy Giles grew up in Vero Beach, which was the springtime home of the Dodgers 1948-2008 before they moved to Phoenix.

He fell in love with baseball and with the Dodgers, not necessarily in that order, and became the Dodger batboy during spring training. Later, during the regular season when they were gone, he held a similar job for the Vero Beach Dodgers.

He played for Vero Beach High but not well enough to attract pro scouts. So he next went to college- Central Florida Community College to be precise, playing baseball for them.

As a freshman in 2004 he had a great season, becoming the Mid-Florida Conference Player of the Year, All-State and second team All-America. He hit .371 with eight home runs and 52 RBIs and for good measure, he also pitched and was 9-3 with a 2.69 ERA with 71 Ks in 80 innings.

Back and shoulder problems nagged him as a Sophomore in 2005 His average slipped to .252 with five home runs and 30 RBIs and was 5-4 with a 4.10 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 74 innings.

Again, no pro team came calling but the University of Miami did- offering him a scholarship.

Well, not quite. It was actually a 75 percent scholarship. You see, even at a school like Miami, which is high-powered in the sport, scholarships are rationed for it. In fact the NCAA rations baseball scholarships severely, remembering that football is the king.

Tommy and played well although but after his junior year no pro team called his name this time, either.

As a senior he was one of the leaders on a team that was very good. Playing regularly in the outfield, he hit well- .339 with nine homers and showed some speed, too, with 11 steals.

And this time the pros did call. If you're a believer in pre-destination, you have to know it had to be the Dodgers who selected him in the eighth round, something like filling an inside straight or picking the power ball numbers.

The 'Canes made the College World Series where Tommy played very well and his entry into pro ball at Ogden was delayed a bit.

He was somewhat behind the others at Ogden so had to wait awhile for playing time. The Raptors had a combination of players with pro experience and some prospects out of college like Giles so manager Lance Parrish has to parcel out the playing time among them.

They tinkered some with Tommy's hitting style and he finished with a .291 average and five homers over 33 games. Moving to Great Lakes in 2007, he jumped to .320 with six home runs over 125 games. Sent to Jacksonville in the final weeks of the season he had trouble with Double-A pitching and hit only .181 in 72 at-bats.

He was tabbed as a line drive hitter with only occasional power. His speed is a bit above average and he has both the quickness and arm strength to fill any outfield position.

He stepped up to Single-A Inland Empire in 2008 and suddenly everything fell into place and he jumped back into the Top 50 ratings.

He hit a solid .280 with a .357 on-base percentage. What's more, he slugged 30 doubles, 22 home runs and tied for the lead in the Dodgers' system with an even 100 runs batted in. He was also second in home runs and fourth with 84.03 Runs Created.

Giles will be 26 in 2009 and will probably be one of the initial players at the Dodgers new Double-A home in Chattanooga.

Tommy Giles

team	year  	 ave   obp  gm   ab   r   h  2b 3b hr  bi  
2006	Ogden	.291  .314  33  110  14  32   6  1  5  23
2007	GLakes	.320  .381  34  125  24  40   8  3  6  18
	Jackvil	.181  .231  25   72   4  13   4  0  2   7
2008	InEmpre	.280  .357 126  471  78 132  30  5 22 100
 Totals		.276  .341 221  789 121 218  49  9 35 148