Scott Kingery
Scott Kingery
27-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Philadelphia Phillies
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Kingery tested positive for COVID-19 during summer camp, something the Phillies will hope accounts for the entirety of his severe struggles last season. Only one player who came to the plate at least 120 times had a wRC+ lower than his 37, the result of his .159/.228/.283 slash line. He homered just three times and didn't attempt a single steal. A .200 BABIP accounted for some of his struggles at the plate, but a low BABIP should be expected when you simply don't hit the ball hard, as Kingery's average exit velocity dipped from 88.4 mph to 85.3 mph. Statcast does think he deserved far better than he got, though it's not as if his .221 xBA or .406 xSLG were particularly exciting marks. If the 26-year-old's struggles can be entirely attributed to the virus, he could be an interesting bounceback pick, though excitement should be muted even then, as previous seasons weren't anything special. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#430
ADP
$Signed a six-year, $24 million contract with the Phillies in March of 2018. Contract includes a $13 million team option ($1 million buyout) for 2024, a $14 million team option ($1 million buyout) for 2025 and a $15 million team option ($1 million buyout) for 2026.
Outrighted off 40-man roster
2BPhiladelphia Phillies  AAA
June 7, 2021
Kingery (concussion) cleared waivers Monday and was outrighted off the Phillies' 40-man roster, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
ANALYSIS
Kingery has fallen far from the heights which saw him sign an extension prior to even making his big-league debut back in 2018. He's been an above-average hitter in just one of his four big-league seasons, and he barely fit into that category in that year (2019), posting a 101 wRC+. Over the last two seasons, he's hit a miserable .144/.204/.250 in 143 plate appearances. Given those numbers, it's no surprise that no other team wanted to take on his guaranteed money in hopes that they could fix him. He'll remain with Triple-A Lehigh Valley for now but needs plenty of work at that level before earning his next major-league opportunity.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
Even Split
2021
 
 
-100%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+73%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+16%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .713 181 19 7 13 1 .241 .278 .435
Since 2019vs Right .714 462 58 15 48 14 .229 .295 .419
2021vs Left .143 14 0 0 0 0 .071 .071 .071
2021vs Right .000 5 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2020vs Left .337 38 2 0 0 0 .121 .216 .121
2020vs Right .583 86 10 3 6 0 .175 .233 .350
2019vs Left .879 129 17 7 13 1 .293 .318 .561
2019vs Right .755 371 47 12 42 14 .245 .314 .442
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+15%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
-100%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+38%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+10%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .668 303 38 11 33 5 .221 .275 .393
Since 2019Away .770 325 37 11 28 10 .244 .309 .461
2021Home .000 4 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2021Away .133 15 1 0 0 0 .067 .067 .067
2020Home .460 74 6 1 4 0 .152 .233 .227
2020Away .635 35 4 2 2 0 .156 .229 .406
2019Home .746 225 32 10 29 5 .248 .293 .452
2019Away .824 275 32 9 26 10 .266 .332 .492
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Stat Review
How does Scott Kingery compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.00
 
BB Rate
0.0%
 
K Rate
63.2%
 
BABIP
.143
 
ISO
.000
 
AVG
.053
 
OBP
.053
 
SLG
.053
 
OPS
.105
 
wOBA
.047
 
Exit Velocity
67.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
0.0%
 
Barrels/PA
0.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
2018
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2016
After a very disappointing rookie season in which he hit just .226/.267/.338, Kingery needed a big step forward in his sophomore campaign. He did just that, hitting .258/.315/.474 with 19 homers and 15 steals in 500 plate appearances. While that's far from an elite batting line (good for a modest 101 wRC+), his cross-category contributions combined with his multi-positional eligibility made him a valuable fantasy asset. It would take another significant step forward for Kingery to advance from a merely useful player to a true star, however, and it's not clear that's in the cards. Even with his improved numbers, he still struck out 29.4% of the time, and Statcast suggests he overachieved in the power department, giving him a .412 xSLG. Kingery should continue to be playable in 2020 as his versatility should keep him in the Phillies' lineup on a regular basis, but don't expect a second breakout.
Excitement was high for Kingery in spring training after he posted excellent minor-league and Grapefruit League numbers and signed an extension that tied him to the Phillies through 2026 before he'd even made his big-league debut. He didn't come anywhere close to living up to the hype, finishing the season with a .226/.267/.338 line, eight homers and 10 steals in 484 plate appearances. In today's low-steal era, that wasn't a totally useless line for NL-only owners, but the season was nevertheless a disappointing one. Kingery is still young, and he had hype for a reason. There's certainly a world in which he improves significantly in his sophomore campaign, but even a sizable step forward would only put Kingery on the periphery of mixed-league viability.
Few prospects changed the conversation more dramatically than Kingery. Coming into the year, he was seen as a good hitter with impact speed. That much hasn’t changed. However, he proceeded to hit 26 home runs in 132 games after hitting just eight home runs in his previous 197 games. Even if we take away the 10 home runs he hit in Reading’s bandbox, he still hit 16 home runs in the remaining 96 games in relatively neutral conditions. If he’s a 15-to-20 home run hitter in the majors and his plus hit tool translates as expected, we could be talking about a top-10 fantasy second baseman. Of course, if the ball stays juiced, he could continue to exceed expectations in the power department once he reaches the majors. The one lock is that he will be a threat to steal 25-plus bases annually. The Phillies will look to clear the decks by dealing Freddy Galvis and/or Cesar Hernandez this offseason, as Kingery and J.P. Crawford are ready to take over up the middle.
Kingery, a 2015 second-round pick out of college, opened last season at High-A Clearwater. He earned a promotion to Double-A at the end of July after slashing .293/.360/.411 with 14 extra-base hits and 26 stolen bases (on 31 attempts) in the Florida State League. The competition at Double-A proved to be more challenging, as Kingery hit just .250/.273/.333 with two homers in 156 at-bats. Kingery does not project to hit for much power, but he does have good speed and has been a good contact hitter prior to his difficulties at Double-A. His fantasy value is going to be tied to his legs, which could produce 30-plus stolen base seasons in the majors. He will also need to hit enough to profile as an everyday second baseman, otherwise his role would be capped as a utility infielder, and he would be quite unappealing in fantasy. He will open this season back at Double-A and could push for a promotion to Triple-A by midseason if he starts hitting again.
The Phillies selected Kingery with the 48th overall pick in the 2015 draft. A speedy contact hitter, Kingery has the defensive versatility to serve as a second baseman or a center fielder thanks to his athleticism. He was assigned to Low-A Lakewood where he played second base and slashed a disappointing .250/.314/.337 with three home runs and 11 steals in his pro debut. While it didn't show in the numbers at Lakewood, Kingery has the tools to move quickly through the minors. His future fantasy value is going to be tied to his ability to swipe bags. The Phillies could move him up to High-A Clearwater to start the 2016 season. If he hits, a move to Double-A by midseason is possible.
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In midst of rehab assignment
2BPhiladelphia Phillies  AAA
Concussion
June 7, 2021
Kingery (concussion) began a rehab assignment at Triple-A Lehigh Valley on June 1 and has played in five games for the affiliate, going 4-for-19 with 10 strikeouts.
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Out with concussion
2BPhiladelphia Phillies  AAA
Concussion
May 18, 2021
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Leaves game with dizziness
2BPhiladelphia Phillies  AAA
Head
May 16, 2021
Kingery left Sunday's game against the Blue Jays due to dizziness, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Back up with big club
2BPhiladelphia Phillies  AAA
May 5, 2021
The Phillies recalled Kingery from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Wednesday.
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Sent to minors
2BPhiladelphia Phillies  AAA
May 3, 2021
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