Scott Kingery was your selection as the #2 prospect in the Phillies’ organization.
Kingery was your selection as the #11 prospect in the Phillies’ organization last season. This year, Kingery captured a majority decision receiving 150 of 291 votes (52%). J.P. Crawford finished second with 110 votes (38%). Twelve other players shared the remaining 31 votes.
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, saw 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 a 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.
Kingery was invited to spring training with the big club in 2017. In a very small sample size, he opened eyes with his play including a .286/.400/.619/1.019 slash. He continued his torrid pace with a .313/.379/.608/.987 slash including 18 HR in Reading. He was promoted mid-season and cooled off a little with a .294/.337/.449/.786 slash and 8 HR at Lehigh Valley.
Kingery’s rapid development brings the Phillies closer to a fortunate dilemma. With incumbent second baseman Cesar Hernandez performing exceptionally well at the major league level, the Phillies are blessed with two major league caliber second basemen, one of which will likely become a trade chip by mid-season.
Next up is your selection for the #3 prospect in the organization with McKenzie Mills and Drew Anderson added to the poll.