Top Prospect #29: RHP Dan Giese

The acquisition of pitcher Dan Giese wasn't front page news. It was one of those transactions that gets left out of the paper unless they have room that they need to fill. Little did many fans realize though that the "future considerations" that the Phillies sacrificed to the San Diego Padres for Giese might be well worth whatever future considerations are.

In his relatively short professional career, Dan Giese has been around. Originally drafted by the Red Sox in 1999 Giese a pleasant surprise for the Red Sox. In 2001, Giese had put up numbers at Augusta in the South Atlantic League that any young pitcher would love to have. His control was pinpoint as he walked just 8 and struck out 95 in 74 innings of work. When the Padres and Red Sox talked trade during the 2002 season, San Diego was able to pry Giese away from Boston in the deal that sent Alan Embree to the Red Sox. From there, Giese put up good numbers at AA Mobile in 2002 and was just barely a month into the 2003 season when he was again traded. This time, it was to the Phillies for future considerations.

 

When the Phillies acquired Giese, they talked about his potential and how he could help at AA Reading, he had a good arm, blah, blah, blah. Giese wasn't anybody that had ever gotten a lot of recognition – he wasn't drafted until the 34th round in '99 – and so, his arrival at Reading wasn't trumpeted with a lot of fanfare.

 

Giese's stay at Reading was relatively short. Giese pitched 12.1 innings with the Phillies AA affiliate before being promoted to AAA Scranton. It wasn't Giese's first taste of AAA ball. The Padres had him at Portland earlier in the 2003 season, but that didn't turn out too well. Giese was rocked and had a 13.50 record with just six innings of work. His second shot at AAA went much better.

 

By the end of the AAA season, Giese pitched in 34 games for the Red Barons and went 2-1, 3.17. His 2003 season was completed and while he had pitched with four different teams at two different levels, the numbers were impressive (6-4, 3.69). While Giese didn't get a promotion to the majors in September, he had at least made the Phillies brass aware of who Dan Giese was.

 

It won't be easy for Giese – who turns 27 in May - to win a spot in the Phillies bullpen. In fact, the odds are pretty much against him. It looks like Giese would either need to have a few other pitchers completely fall apart in the spring or would have to have an amazing performance in camp – and possibly, a combination of both – to win a job with the big league club. Giese will be insurance and will be close by at AAA Scranton if the Phillies do need another arm for in the bullpen.

 

Dan Giese's Career Stats

 

Year / Team

W

L

ERA

SV

G

GS

IP

H/9 IP

BB/9 IP

KO/9 IP

1999 Lowell

(Rookie)

3

0

1.83

2

18

0

34.1

4.5

2.6

7.1

1999 Augusta

(Low A)

1

0

2.08

0

9

0

17.1

7.8

2.6

5.7

2000 Lowell

(Rookie)

0

0

0.92

9

15

0

19.2

5.5

0.5

9.1

2000 Sarasota

(High A)

1

0

3.14

0

8

0

14.1

12.0

1.3

8.2

2001 Augusta

(Low A)

6

4

2.19

9

46

0

74.0

7.9

1.0

11.6

2002 Trenton

(AA)

1

2

3.83

3

23

0

49.1

9.7

1.6

7.1

2002 Mobile

(AA)

4

5

2.91

0

32

0

52.2

9.6

2.2

8.7

2003 Portland

(AAA)

1

1

13.50

0

3

0

6.0

18.0

4.5

9.0

2003 Mobile

(AA)

1

1

2.25

0

2

0

4.0

2.3

0.0

9.0

2003 Reading

(AA)

2

1

1.46

1

9

0

12.1

5.9

0.7

11.7

2003 Scranton

(AAA)

2

1

3.17

0

24

0

48.1

6.9

1.9

9.1

Minor League Totals

24

15

2.82

24

199

0

329.0

8.1

1.7

9.1


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