Day: March 6, 2019

  • With the 2019 Major League Baseball season approaching this month roster moves and position battles are heating up. Scott Kingery finds himself in the middle of not one but two position battles. Also the possibility of being a super-utility man being the Phillies silent weapon. Position battles Rhys Hoskins will have a full-time position at first base. And newly acquired shortstop Jean Segura will be the infield captain. The two positions tentatively up for grabs are third base and second base. As for any sport in the preseason, competition brings out the best in all athletes. Last year coming into the 2018 spring training Kingery was ranked as the Phillies number two prospect. Phillies also took the incentive to lock Kingery up with a six-year, $24 million contract. In Kingery’s first full season on the Phillies roster in 2018 didn’t go as he hoped. He remained the starting shortstop up until the trading deadline when the Phillies acquired Asdrubal Cabrera. Unfortunately, Kingery was one of the worst hitters in the league. After a winter to help clear his mind and refresh Kingery has come into Spring Training with a purpose. Through his first 17 at-bats, Kingery has hit .294/.368/.471. Although it is “only” spring training this is great news for Gabe Kapler and the Phillies who are already invested. The Phillies silent weapon Kingery gives the Phillies versatility with his ability to play multiple positions including 2B, SS, 3B, and the OF. If Kapler uses him as the teams’ super-utility man. This gives Franco, Segura, and Hernandez days off with a quality replacement also keeping Kingery in the lineup most days. With a solid 2019 spring training from Kingery, the pressure would be getting him in the lineup every day. The Phillies are in need of on-base percentage for the...
  • McShays, mock draft 3.0 On Wednesday, March 6th ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay released his mock draft 3.0. Now in the first mock draft, he released McShay had the Eagles selecting cornerback Deandre Baker. In his second mock draft, he had Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence going to the Birds at 25. Now in his mock draft, 3.0 McShay is back to the secondary with Temple cornerback Rock Ya-Sin. Ya-Sin adding to a talented secondary Now Ya-Sin is a talented corner. During his senior season with the Owls, he totaled 47 tackles 14 passes defended and two interceptions. Before reaching Philly Ya-Sin was a standout for Presbyterian College of the FCS. In 2017 he finished first-team all-Big South starting all 11 games. At 6’2 190 the Temple corner does have the size and length that the Eagles covet in their defensive backs. Furthermore, he played his home games last season in Lincoln Financial Field. While the Georgia native has the size and ability this pick just doesn’t make sense. Why cornerback? Ya-Sin had a very good combine. He ran a 4.51 40 time, had a vertical jump of 39.5 inches and finally a broad jump of 120 inches. Furthermore, he impressed in the drills and showed nice ball skills. McShay stated that “We all know the Eagles want to fix the secondary, and while the Philly faithful might be clamoring for Greedy Williams here, I like Ya-Sins’ full skill toolbox. He impressed me at the combine and deserves first-round consideration”. Williams will be long gone and cbssports.com has him as the number 65 overall prospect and seventh rated corner. He will be there into the second maybe even third round and even if the Eagles want to address the secondary there are bigger needs unless say Williams somehow fell to...