Monday, June 26, 2017

Philadelphia makes a move to the future; promotes Kingery

Philadelphia makes a move to the future promoting Kingery
The impact may not be felt in South Philadelphia for several months, but the Phillies made a significant franchise move on Sunday promoting prospect Scott Kingery, a hard-hitting, 23-year-old second baseman, to Triple A Lehigh Valley.

Kingery was among the league leaders in most Double A categories, hitting .313 with 18 homers, 44 RBIs and a .987 OPS in 69 games at Reading. He collected three hits on Sunday before learning of the promotion.

Ranked as the Phillies 11th best prospect according to MLB.com, he'll become the everyday second baseman at Triple A, joining an infield that already includes prospects J.P Crawford at shortstop and Rhys Hoskins at first base - the organization's No. 1 and No. 13 prospects respectively.

Kingery's immediate future is at Lehigh Valley, though depending on what happens in the offseason with Cesar Hernandez, he could have a start at cracking the Phillies 2018 opening day lineup.

The Phillies drafted Kingery in the second round of the 2015 amateur draft out of the University of Arizona where he made the club freshman year as a walk-on.

“I just hustled all the time, laid out for every ball I had a chance of getting, took the extra base when I could, basically just played the game the way I know how to and it ended up working out for me," Kingery told CSN Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury last November.

“Looking back, I would not have taken any other route because it made me not take anything for granted. I still carry that in my game today. I still feel like I have something to prove every day so I’m not going to get complacent.”

Standing 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds, Kingery projects as a gap hitter with speed and occasional pop - a nice combination for the top of any lineup. He also has a major league ready glove, committing just three errors in 277 chances this year at Reading (.989).

Eickhoff Bullpen
Jerad Eickhoff (upper-back strain) tossed a bullpen session on Sunday morning and said he felt fine afterwards. He threw two 15-pitch simulated innings. The Phillies will see how he feels Monday before making a determination whether he will come off the disabled list to start Wednesday against the Mariners. Mark Leiter Jr. will fill Eickhoff's spot if he remains unavailable.

Bullpen Loss
Jeremy Hellickson tossed six innings on Sunday, surrendering three hits and one run while striking out seven. The lone run came with no outs in the fourth inning when Nick Ahmed doubled and scored on a single by Paul Goldschmidt. Reliever Edubray Ramos allowed a two-out single to Goldschmidt and a 12-pitch walk to Chris Owings, setting up Daniel Descalso for the game-winning hit, a ground ball between first and second, in the 11th.

Perkins Experiment
It's an understatement to say Cameron Perkins has struggled since joining the club last week. He's hitting just .091 and has struck out eight times in 22 at-bats, including three times yesterday. He also made a defensive miscue Sunday, holding on to a ball hit to him in the fourth for a bit too long allowing Ahmed to come across the plate for Arizona.

Series Finale
Having lost 15 of their past 18 games, the Phillies enter Monday with the worst road record in the majors (10-30). After winning the series opener Friday the club has scored only three runs in 20 innings. Their two runs Saturday came on rookie right-hander Ben Lively's first career homer.


Nick Pivetta gets the ball this afternoon for the Phillies. He has made quality starts in his last two outings, although he did not get a decision in either. He is 1-3 with a 4.46 ERA in the first eight games of his career. The Diamondbacks counter with veteran Zach Greinke who is 7-1 with a 2.48 ERA in 10 games, nine starts, against Philadelphia in his career.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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