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Here is Scott Kingery’s Inside-the-Park Home Run

Bob Wankel - September 10, 2019

The Phillies jumped out to an early first inning lead tonight thanks to homers by J.T. Realmuto, Bryce Harper, and Corey Dickerson. They held a 4-0 lead for all of one full inning as the Braves tied the game in the top of the third.

Scott Kingery then broke that tie in the bottom half of the frame with this inside-the-park homer. All hustle right here:

It was the Phillies’ first inside-the-park homer since late in the 2017 season.

Kingery Activated From Injured List, Williams Optioned to Lehigh Valley

Bob Wankel - May 19, 2019

Scott Kingery is back. Nick Williams, in a somewhat surprising move, is out. At least for now.

The Phillies activated Kingery, who is hitting .406 in 14 games this season, from the injured list this morning. They’ll waste no time getting him back on the field as the Phillies look to complete a three-game sweep of the Rockies.  Kingery will start in centerfield in place of Odubel Herrera, who has struggled over the past two weeks since coming back from the injured list, posting only a .186 average and .620 OPS during that time.

You can likely expect Kingery to also see some action at third base where Maikel Franco has struggled in May. In 15 games this month, Franco is hitting only .182 and has yet to homer. I guess it’s not hard to see why the Phillies are collectively hitting only .225 with a .649 OPS over the last two weeks.

As for Williams, it’s been a rough go for him this season. He’s been unable to replicate his success of a year ago, hitting only .180 with one homer in 61 at-bats. He will head to Triple-A Lehigh Valley where he should benefit from regular playing time, something he wasn’t getting in Philly.

The move leaves the Phillies with backup catcher Andrew Knapp as the team’s only left-handed bat off the bench, unless, of course, Kingery is in the lineup for Herrera. Either way, it’s a thin bench, one with a glaring lack of power. Knapp, Sean Rodriguez, and Phil Gosselin have combined for one home run in 96 at-bats this season. That is, uh, well–it’s not great.

Some Takeaways from the Scott Kingery Press Conference

Bob Wankel - March 26, 2018

The Phillies held a press conference this morning to discuss Scott Kingery’s big payday and promotion. The 23-year-old Swiss Army knife signed a six-year deal worth $24 million yesterday that runs through his years of arbitration eligibility. If Kingery performs anywhere near the vicinity of the lofty expectations placed upon him, the deal could be worth up to $65 million over nine years.

According to Phillies general manager Matt Klentak, Kingery’s big spring in which he’s hit .392 with a 1.141 OPS, forced the team’s hand in making a move, one that came together quickly. “Scott Kingery puts us in the best position to win…as camp progressed, it was becoming more and more clear, and as far as the contract is concerned, it was probably a week’s worth of negotiations,” he said.

There are two ways to view the deal. If all goes well, the Phillies just locked up Dustin Pedroia, a player who one American League scout favorably compares to Kingery, through his prime years at an extremely affordable price. Now is that something you might be interested in?

If things don’t go according to plan, which is certainly more possible than the organization or its fans would like to admit, then the Phillies just needlessly committed a decent sum of money to a guy whose Baseball Reference page currently features nothing more than a biography, an impressive Spring Training stat line, and minor league numbers.

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The Scott Kingery Hype has Reached a Whole New Level

Bob Wankel - March 8, 2018

To this point, THE story out of Clearwater has no doubt been Scott Kingery.

Entering today’s action, he’s posted a .389 batting average to go along with three homers, four RBI and a staggering 1.365 OPS. His numbers would be easy to write off due to a small sample size and the fact that it’s, you know, spring training, but that may not be wise. Sometimes shorter samples reveal truths. Given Kingery’s ascension through the minor leagues a season ago that saw him dominate the competition at both Reading and Lehigh Valley to the tune of 26 homers to go along with his .304 average and.889 OPS, it’s fair to believe with increasing confidence that the buzz around Kingery is legit. In fact, at least one baseball executive appears to be all in on him:

Hype is one thing, but comparisons to Dustin Pedroia? I think we can safely assume that we’ve reached peak levels of hysteria.

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