We finally have a decision on the 12th prospect in the Reader Top 30. After an unprecedented head-to-head run off between Scott Kingery and Ricardo Pinto, Kingery has emerged as the 12th prospect in the organization with 258 of 500 votes cast. The race was close all day, but Kingery was able to maintain a steady 52% of the votes since early afternoon. After I posted the last update at 6:00PM, Pinto closed to within 10 votes, but never got closer and trailed by 16 when I closed the poll.
Scott Kingery is a 5’10, right-handed hitting second baseman. He went undrafted as a 5’7, high school shortstop. With no D1, D2, or D3 scholarships offered, he was prepared to attend junior college in Arizona. While participating in a late summer tournament, he was offered a “recruited walk-on spot” at the University of Arizona. This guaranteed him a place on the fall roster but no guarantee for the spring roster. Kingery made the most of his opportunity.
Kingery played in the outfield in college before he transitioned to second base. His double play partner was highly rated Kevin Newman. Kingery has speed and hits for contact. He won consecutive PAC-12 batting championships. He grew over 3 inches and added 25-30 pounds by the end of his junior year. The Phillies drafted Kingery in the second round with the 48th pick in the 2015 Amateur Draft. Keith Law had him going as the 26th pick in a May mock draft.
There are high expectations for Kingery. Lots of people think he can be a fast mover through the organization. After signing, he reported to Lakewood and slashed .250/.314/.337/.652 in 282 plate appearances. He was successful stealing in 11 of 12 attempts. He struck out only 43 times (15.2%), but only managed 18 walks (6.4%). Kingery committed just 4 errors and posted a .986 Fld%.
So far the Top 30 looks like this:
- J.P. Crawford
- Nick Williams
- Jake Thompson
- Mark Appel
- “C” Randolph
- Roman Quinn
- Jorge Alfaro
- Franklyn Kilome
- Andrew Knapp
- Zach Eflin
- Rhys Hoskins
- Scott Kingery
I have a recent request to add Brandon Leibrandt, and have already received requests to add Severino Gonzalez, Luis Encarnacion, Josh Tobias, and Yacksel Rios. Maybe a couple of thes guys make it to the poll next week.
I have recent write-ins for Moore, Asher, Martin, Harris, Canelo, and Cordero. Also Walding, Ruf. Brett Myers, and Pat Burrell.
The e-mail addresses for prospect lists and the addition of a prospect to the poll are –
firstname.lastname@example.org using the Subject – My Prospect List
email@example.com using the Subject – Add Prospect
Next up is your selection for the #13 prospect in the organization.