4 surprise players who’ve dominated Phillies spring training
By Tim Boyle
4) Phillies infielder Scott Kingery may have finally arrived at the last stop
Is it possible to talk about Phillies spring training without mentioning Scott Kingery? A monumental franchise mistake to give him a contract before he even reached the big leagues, he hasn’t been quite as dominant as the other three on this list but because of who he is and what he means to the history of the team, he must be mentioned.
Kingery is hitting .371/.436/.486 in 39 plate appearances down in Florida. Many of his 13 hits have been singles with only a double and a home run going for extra bases. Kingery has driven in only 2 runs all spring but he has crossed the plate 9 times.
What’s big about Kingery this year is the Phillies have a team option for him in 2024. He’ll get his $8.25 million this year regardless of where he plays. He won’t fool anyone within the organization to pick up his deal. What he can accomplish is earning himself a much lesser major league contract with the Phillies or someone else.
Yes, it’s spring training and Kingery is only a singles machine right now. Who doesn’t want to see him redeem himself with one masterful season?
Kingery hasn’t even hit well in the minors since 2020 when things fell apart. A utility role is all he can possibly grab. The team may want him to prove himself a little more in Lehigh Valley first to prove this successful spring was not a dream.