Phillies Second Round Pick Scott Kingery Surprised by Going No. 48
Many MLB Draft experts had Kingery going as bit higher in the draft.
"Its a great result for the Phillies, I thought he was one of the top position players in the draft," ESPN.com MLB insdier Keith Law, who had Kingery rated at the No. 25 overall prospect in the draft, said on the Sports Bash. "He's at least an everyday player at second, he might even give you a little bit more."
Even Kingery himself was a big surprised he as still on the board whent the Phillies called his name.
"Yeah I was a little surprised I lasted that far," Kingery told me on the Sports Bash. "I would have liked to have gone earlier, but I'm glad that the Phillies got me at 48."
He had a great season for the Wildcats, hitting .392 with 93 hits, 25 extra-base hits and 11 stolen bases in 54 games. While he has played both second and short at Arizona, he thinks second will be where he starts his pro career.
"Yeah I think they are going to keep me there (second base)," Kingery said. "I have played a little bit of everywhere so I have that versatility, but I think their plan is to keep me at second base."
Kingery, 21, has been described as an aggressive hitter who makes a ton of contact. While he’s not a base stealer, Kingery does possesses plus speed that helps him beat out hits and take extra bases, and it also enables him to profile at multiple up-the-middle positions at the next level.
"Definitely a top-of-the-order guy," said Kingery. "That is going to find any way possible to get on base and create some havoc and try to score some runs and try to help the team out."
(Listen to Phillies second round draft pick Scott Kingery on the Sports Bash)