If there’s one prospect that Phillies fans have been clamoring for and awaiting their arrival, it’s second baseman Scott Kingery, who recently got the call to Lehigh Valley on the two-year anniversary of his professional game debut. Numbers don’t lie, and they say Kingery is ought to have a breakout year.
The 11th ranked prospect in the Phillies organization got out to a scalding hot start in Double-A with the Fightin Phils, slashing .313/.379/.608 on his way to smashing 18 home runs and 44 RBI’s in only 69 games played. That was enough for management to see, earning him a promotion to the highest minor league level.
In a very small sample size, Kingery continues to hit the ball well even against some of the best prospects in baseball. Three games and 13 at-bats with the Iron Pigs are in the books, and the results are clear: Scott Kingery has the tools to be a multi-dimensional Major League Baseball player.
— Whiz Kids (@IronPigs) June 27, 2017
Two games into his Triple-A career and Kingery has two home runs, a stolen bag, and one of the most eye-popping catches of the season. Between stints at Double-A and Triple-A, he has tallied 20 homers in 71 games, tying him with Oakland Athletics prospect Renato Nunez for the most in the minors this season. So far, his professional baseball career seems legitimate; we would be more than okay with that.
He displayed some of his talent with the big-league club during this past spring training, making good contact, playing some flashy defense up the middle, and showcasing power potential. Kingery made appearances in only 10 games, but it was apparent that the skills were there to make an impact in the future.
With the major league Phillies deep in its ruts, management couldn’t be happier with the progress Kingery has made in his development since being drafted in the second-round of the 2015 MLB Draft. In just two years, the 24-year old from Arizona went from Single-A Lakewood with enormous potential to being one call away from The Show. Could he be making his Major League debut as a September call-up?
Though we’d all enamor to see Kingery at Citizens Bank Park, it’s fairly unlikely, given roster circumstances at the moment. He’s not Rule 5 eligible this winter, therefore does not have to be placed on the 40-man roster, whereas other top prospects must be added to be protected. That list includes number one prospect J.P. Crawford, Rhys Hoskins, Andrew Pullin, and Carlos Tocci, to name a few.
With still months to go in the minor and major-league season, it’s impossible to know what will happen with Kingery. If he continues hitting at the .300 clip with multi-home run games, it is feasible to believe he may be among those to get the call in September.
For now, we’ll have to make do with a scorching Triple-A roster and very bright future. Plan a trip to Allentown and you’ll earn yourself a day trip filled with potential stars Jorge Alfaro, J.P. Crawford, Dylan Cozens, and of course Kingery. You may just see a win in the process, as well. These days, we could all surely get used to wins.
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