No. 4: 2B Scott Kingery
I just want to say I’ve been on the Scott Kingery train since the Phillies drafted him two years ago in the second round and he’s finally showing his full potential this season.
Kingery bulked up during the offseason to help him get through a full baseball season as he tapered off to end 2016. That added strength has shown as he’s blown away his home run total from last year. Kingery has 22 home runs this year compared to just five in 2016.
Kingery has been utterly dominant at the plate overall this season, collecting 107 hits in 86 games. His 25 stolen bases to go along with that are similarly impressive and show off the power-speed combination Kingery has.
There is some flukiness and number inflation that goes along with Kingery’s season because of how home-run friendly Reading’s home stadium is. Kingery has walked far less and struck out much more in Triple-A, but he had that same issue when he first reached Double-A last year. It’s likely that he can correct that issue again.
With this added power, Kingery’s ceiling is even higher now. He projected as a solid second baseman that could reach base consistently and steal bases. His 20-20 potential at the major-league level make him a more well-rounded player that could put together multiple 3-4 WAR seasons.