Scott Kingery

  • 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...
  • 2018 is coming to a close, and I felt like I needed to write about this past season. I think every writer has had the same thought. When I was thinking about what I wanted to write about, a bunch of things popped into my head. But I think giving you guys what I think are the 4 most memorable things from the 2018 season is a good fit. Most memorable not positive or negative This was important to me. I want to make sure that everyone understands that this list is comprised of the four things that I believe are the most memorable from the 2018 season. This will include both positive and negative things that took place. Honestly, would it be a true list of Phillies’ events if it didn’t include something negative? The last thing I want to mention before I give you my list, there is no particular order. Again, this is my list of things that I feel are the most memorable from the 2018 season. Other people may have other things included in their list, and that is fine. I may have even had it on my list if I had gone with my original plan of five memorable things from the 2018 season. 1. Opening day I think every single Phillies fan remembers opening day 2018. It was a managerial debut for Gabe Kapler, not just with the Phillies but his first time ever. We had the ace of the staff, Aaron Nola, on the mound and a 5-0 lead. That is when the fans found out just how their season would go. Kapler decided to pull Nola with one out in the sixth inning. The Phillies ended up losing the game 8-5, and Kapler used five relievers. Those five relievers threw 3...
  • MLB   Where Does Scott Kingery Fit In With The Phillies? Scott Kingery has signed a six-year extension with the Philadelphia Phillies. What does this mean for the future of the Phillies? Where does Kingery fit in? The Phillies have now spent the most money in the off-season. With the signings of Carlos Santana, Jake Arrieta, Tommy Hunter, Pat Neshek, and now Scott Kingery. When you pair these signings up with the young core of position players that the Phillies already have, it could mean something special.   PREVIOUS SEASONS Now, let’s take a look at Scott Kingery. Kingery has been raking this spring. He is batting .392 with 4 home runs and 7 RBIs in 51 at-bats. Last season, he finished with a .304 batting average, 26 home runs, and 65 RBIs. Kingery is not just a bat, he is a very good defender. Naturally, he is a second baseman but he has played shortstop and third base in the minors. Last year, Kingery had just 6 errors playing at both the Double A and Triple-A levels. IS THERE A SPOT FOR SCOTT? This brings us to the question, where does Scott Kingery fit in? Cesar Hernandez has been the Phillies starting second basemen for the past couple years. J.P. Crawford made his major league debut last September and is poised to be the starting shortstop for this club. Finally, Maikel Franco has been the every day third basemen for the last two seasons. With all of that being said, Gabe Kapler has kept his options open. Kingery has played second, third, shortstop, and center field this spring. But the outfield is not a place that has a lot of openings. With the addition of Carlos Santana, Rhys Hoskins is penciled in to be the starting left fielder. Odubel Herrera has started in center field for the past...