No player in the any minor league system could make the Phillies major league season more interesting than it’s own Scott Kingery.
All Scott has done after the first two month of the season is lead all of minor league baseball in home runs and runs scored. No player right now has a better blend of power and speed than Reading’s second baseman, ScottyJetPax25.
No player has had a power surge this season as has Kingery. The 5’10, 23-year-old bundle of power and speed has been the the most exciting player in minor league baseball after the first two month of the season.
Two days ago he hit his 16th home run of the season and the tenth in the month of May. See HERE and HERE. Only the Yankees Aaron Judge with 17 homers has hit more homers in all of baseball this season.
He is balancing out the Reading home park long ball bias. While the likes of Ryan Howard, Darin Ruf, Dylan Cozens and Rhys Hoskins feasted in the home run friendly confines of Reading’s First Energy Stadium, Kingery has been an equal opportunity masher, at home and on the road. He has hit eight home runs each on the road and at home.
Kingery hit only five home runs all of last season including two long balls in the final third of the season for Reading after getting the call-up from Clearwater.
What he is accomplishing is the the greatest story of all the 2017 minor league season so far.
He is proving to be a true five tool player who can hit for average and power. Additionally he can run, throw and field.
In addition to hitting .316, he has hit .475 over his last ten games. Of his 59 hits, 30 have been for extra bases. He is the only player in the Eastern League with a four digit OPS at 1.060.
He has only 30 RBIs because only 4 of his 16 homers have come with runners on base.
With Scott’s speed and ability to get on base, he leads all of minor league baseball in runs scored with 49.
Scott has been successful in 12 of 14 stolen base attempts.
He has committed only one error in 175 attempts at second base for a .994 fielding percent.
The ever timid Phillies minor league department did allow Kingery to hit one game recently where he did not lead off. He went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts hitting out of the coveted three hole then was quickly returned to the leadoff spot the next game.
Scott Kingery has been unarguably, The Minor League Player Of The Year for the first third of the season. He is the perfect candidate to make baseball interesting again in Philadelphia because he is doing it all right now.