This is an exciting time to be a Philadelphia Phillies fan. Scott Kingery has made the opening day roster.
Not only that, but he’s here to stay for awhile.
According to multiple reports, the Phillies have signed second baseman Scott Kingery to a 6-year deal with club options for the 2024, 2025 & 2026 seasons. That being said, he will be on the active roster to start the 2018 campaign.
Jon Heyman of Fan Rag Sports reports Kingery will get $24 million guaranteed in the deal.
Kingery, ranked baseballs number 1 second base prospect by MLB Pipeline, was not expected to be added to the major league club until the third weekend of the season in order to push back his free agency year. However, this is no longer an issue considering his new 6-year deal.
Kingery’s tremendous performance this spring has forced Phillies front office officials and GM Matt Klentak’s hand not only to add him to the opening day roster, but to also lock him up for the foreseeable future.
Kingery is currently hitting .392 in 51 at-bats with 4 homers, 7 RBIs, 4 stolen bags and a 1.142 OPS this spring. Outstanding numbers.
Scott Kingery, 23, was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2015 draft (No. 48 overall) by the Phillies and has spent the last few seasons in the Phils minor league system where he’s put together a collective .284 AVG, 34 homers, 132 RBIs, 70 stolen bases, with a .341 OBP and a .437 SLG.
Kingery is not only a terrific hitter, but he’s a tremendous defender as well with plus speed. He’s a 5-tool player.
Kingery is expected to play multiple positions this season as manager Gabe Kapler is likely to play him around the infield.
Don’t rule out a possible Cesar Hernandez trade down the road to officially free up the second base position for Kingery.
According to Phillies beat writer Matt Gelb of The Athletic, Kingery is only the second player to sign a long-term contract before his big league debut. The other being Jon Singleton of the Astros.
There is certainly no doubt the 2018 Philadelphia Phillies are looking to be competitive this season, with at least a wild card berth in mind.
The front office has made clear this offseason that they indeed intend on being competitive this season. From Carlos Santana to Tommy Hunter, Pat Neshek, Jake Arrieta and now locking up the top second base prospect in the game, exciting summer days and perhaps fall nights should be returning to Citizens Bank Park sooner rather than later.
Written By: Seamus Doyle
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