Scott Kingery was your selection as the #11 prospect in the Phillies’ organization. Kingery captured a majority decision receiving 164 votes (52%). Kevin Gowdy finished second with 47 votes (15%).
Scott Kingery was the Phillies 2nd round pick in the 2015 June Amateur Draft from the University of Arizona.
Kingery was a walk-on as a Freshman at Arizona and started over half of their games. He was a starter the next two years and won the PAC-12 bating title both seasons. He was the PAC 12 Player of the Year in 2015, his Junior season.
The Phillies think highly of Kingery. Scouting Director, Johnny Almarez, sees Kingery as an advanced hitter and everyday second baseman. The organization showed their belief in Kingery when they assigned him directly to full season ball at Lakewood, an aggressive assignment for the new prospect.
Kingery posted a .250/.314/.337/.652 in 66 games and 282 plate appearances. He hit 3 home runs and successful in 11 of 12 stolen base attempts. He had a BB rate of 6.4% probably due to his lack of pop, but had a K rate of only 15.2%.
Kingery started 2016 in Clearwater. He improved across the board – .293/.360/.411/.770 in 94 games and 420 PA. Still just 3 HR, but stole 26 bases in 31 attempts. Batting at the top of the order, Kingery had a BB rate of 7.9% and a K rate of 12.9%. He was among the league leaders with 29 doubles when he was promoted to Reading where his numbers dropped.
Opinions on Kingery range from yay to meh. He is viewed by many as the heir apparent to Chase Utley with Cesar Hernandez as just a place holder until some time during the 2017 season or start of the 2018 season. Others see him as something a lot less than what the Phillies see in him.
I probably come in closer to the second group. I watched Kingery in Clearwater. I liked him at the top of the order. His speed created runs for the Threshers. But in spite of all his doubles, a lot of his contact seemed to result in bunt attempts, weak ground balls, and soft flares to the outfield. He wasn’t a stand out fielder (10 errors, .975 Fld %). He is a battler and an exciting player, but I didn’t see a player any better than Angelo Mora or Carlos Alonzo when they manned second base for the Threshers.
Fortunately, I’m not a scout or an analyst. Maybe Kingery will be exactly what the organization hopes he’ll become. Or perhaps, he’s just going to be a place holder for one of our highly regarded prospects in Rookie ball, Daniel Brito or Arquimedes Gamboa for instance. I wouldn’t bet against Kingery though. He seems to excel when people don’t give him credit for the skills he possesses.
Next up is your selection for the #12 prospect in the organization.
Poll to date –
- J.P. Crawford
- Jorge Alfaro
- Mickey Moniak
- Roman Quinn
- Nick Williams
- Franklyn Kilome
- Sixto Sanchez
- Rhys Hoskins
- Dylan Cozens
- “C” Randolph
- Scott Kingery