From the University of Arizona to the farm system of the Philadelphia Phillies Scott Kingery has been starting to truly shine in the minor leagues. Scott Kingery is a second baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies triple-A affiliate the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Kingery was invited to Spring training before this season and seemed to really stand out among the prospects that were there. Although Kingery stood out in Spring Training, the Phils did not think that Kingery was ready for the big leagues.
In 2017, Kingery started with the Phils’ Double-A affiliate the Reading Fightin Phils. With Reading, Kingery played in 69 games, and in 278 at-bats, had 87 hits, 18 homeruns, 44 RBI’s and an average of .313. On June 26, 2017, The Phils decided to promote Kingery to the triple-A affiliate Lehigh Valley IronPigs. This promotion came to no surprise because of how well Kingery has been playing since the start of the season. So far Kingery has played in 10 games at the triple-A level. In 40 at-bats, Kingery has 13 hits, 4 homeruns, 8 RBI’s and has a .325 batting average.
Kingery just keeps impressing with each level and it seems that he is getting better and better each day. Kingery (alongside Rhys Hoskins) will represent the Phillies on Sunday July 9th in the Futures All-star game in Miami. Kingery’s call up to the big leagues may seem imminent, but it is highly unlikely because the Phils do not have to protect him on the 40-man roster until next season. Meaning, Kingery will not be affected by the Rule 5 player draft, which is like what they did with Franco. The likely timeline for Kingery to be called up will be early in the Phils’ 2018 season.