Thursday, 18 July, 2019

Philadelphia Phillies ink ex-Arizona Wildcat Scott Kingery to 6-year deal

The Phillies signed Scott Kingery to a 6-year extension despite the fact he’s yet to have a big league at-bat The Phillies signed Scott Kingery to a 6-year extension despite the fact he’s yet to have a big league at-bat. The Associated Press
Shannon Reynolds | 26 March, 2018, 04:55

FanRag Sports first reported the value of the contract. The deal includes club options for the 2024, 2025 and 2026 seasons.

There was speculation that the Phillies might keep Kingery at Lehigh Valley until April 13 in order to prevent him from becoming a free agent until after the 2024 season. Multiple media reports said Kingery was guaranteed more than $23 million. The Phillies now have Cesar Hernandez as their starting second baseman, so Kingery has also seen time at third base this spring and worked in the outfield. As it stands, the contract is easily a record for a player who has not yet hit the majors, eclipsing the Astros' Jonathan Singleton five-year, $10 million deal from several years back.

With Kingery now locked up for almost the next decade - and the service-time issue out of the way - there's no reason the organization's No. 2 prospect shouldn't be on the roster when they open the regular season on Thursday in Atlanta.

Kingery played for Arizona from 2013-15, batting.392 in 2015 as a junior. Last season Kingery appeared in 132 games at double-A Reading and triple-A Lehigh Valley, hitting a combined.304 with 26 home runs, 29 doubles, eight triples and 29 stolen bases.

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According to multiple reports, Kingery will make the Phillies' 25-man roster to start the season and likely will serve in a super-utility role, playing multiple positions.

A second-round pick in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft, Kingery hit.304 with 26 home runs and 65 RBI splitting team between Double-A and Triple-A last season.

During this year's spring training, he batted.392 with four home runs and seven RBIs.

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