Originally posted on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 4/5/12

Marcus Giles, younger brother of Brian Giles, is from San Diego, CA (which is not Spanish for a whale’s vagina) and went to Granite Hills High School followed by Grossmont College, which is a community college that mostly serves as a transition school to the UC’s.  After Grossmont, Giles was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 53rd round of the 1996 MLB Draft….can you say steal?

With all odds against him, Giles played like a first round pick throughout the Minors. In Rookie ball Giles hit .348 and was promoted to A in ’98. Giles, who has surprising power for a 2nd baseman, hit 37 homeruns and drove in 108 dudes while hitting .329. Then in ’99 Giles was moved up to A+, and still managed to hit .326 with 40 doubles and 7 triples. Giles then went to AA, and although he looked good with 17 homers his BA dropped to .290. The next year in Richmond AAA Giles rebounded and hit .333 and finally made his debut in April 2001.

His rookie season he managed to get 244 AB’s and totaled for 10 doubles, 9 homers, and a .262 BA. Unfortunately the next season Giles hurt his ankle and sadly lost his daughter in a premature death. But, in 2003 Giles came back a new man, and dominated.  He set a Braves record with 49 doubles, complimented with 21 homeruns, 69 RBI’s and a .316 BA. Giles was clearly named to the All-Star team and was apart of a 101-61 Braves team with studs like Javy Lopez (43 homers), Gary Sheffield (39 homers), Andrew Jones (36 homers), Chipper Jones (27 homers), and even Vinny Castilla (22 homers)….man I miss the Steroid Age. However despite all that power, the Braves lost in the NL Division Series to the Chicago Cubs.

In 2004 Giles came back to earth with half as many doubles, 8 homeruns, and .311 BA. But the next year Giles relapsed on extra base hits with 45 doubles, 15 homeruns, and .291 BA. Who knew that Giles was such a double machine?  (Here’s a glorious chart of the unknown doubles of the underrated Marcus Giles #FanGraphs)

In 2006, Giles’ doubles and homeruns totals dropped to 32 (nbd) and 11, unfortunately his batting average dropped a good 30 points with to .262. The next season Giles left the Braves and joined his brother in San Diego where they were able to play in their hometown.  Although it sounds dreamy, Marcus had a career low batting average of .229 and didn’t even hit 20 doubles! However he did record 10 steals, which marked his 5th straight season of 10+ steals.

Inevitably Marcus was sent down to the minors and continued to attempt to make it back in the league with the Rockies, Dodgers, and Phillies, but that failed.

It’s estimated that Giles made $10,406,500 in his career. Not too shabby for a 5ft 8in  guy who was picked in the 53rd round.

-Schotz

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