Kingery has hit just .214/.250/.357 in 14 spring games. Kingery's numbers are far from the excellent .411/.441/.786 line he posted last spring, a performance which earned him an extension before he ever stepped foot on a big-league field. His slash line isn't very different from the .226/.267/.338 mark he posted as a rookie, which doesn't make a great case for him earning an expanded role this year.
Kingery is in an open competition with Maikel Franco to be the Phillies' starting third baseman, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. With Jean Segura arriving via trade over the offseason, Kingery's best bet for regular playing time could come at third base. The 24-year-old wasn't great at the plate last season, managing just a .226/.267/.338 line with eight homers, 55 runs and 10 stolen bases. The numbers say he offers better defense than Franco, though Kingery only played third base 10 times last season, so those metrics are probably noisy. This will all be moot if the Phillies wind up adding Manny Machado.
Kingery went 2-for-3 with a solo homer in Sunday's loss to the Braves. The homer, Kingery's eighth of the season, provided all of the Phillies' scoring in their 2-1 defeat. That's nowhere near as many home runs as the Phillies would have hoped for when they signed him to an extension prior to his MLB debut this offseason, as he hit 26 last year with Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Kingery has looked out of his depth all season, posting a .227/.269/.340 slash line with eight homers and 10 steals.
Kingery will start at shortstop and bat sixth Sunday against the Cubs, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic Philadelphia reports. The rookie will pick up his fourth start in five games after previously only seeing light usage following the acquisition of Asdrubal Cabrera on July 27. The Phillies made room in the lineup for Kingery by sitting the struggling Maikel Franco, who has managed only two hits in 26 at-bats over the team's last nine games.
Kingery went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a stolen base in Friday's 4-2 loss to the Blue Jays. Kingery cut the deficit to two in the seventh inning by crushing a ball over the fence in center, but the Phillies would fall in the series opener. Through his first season in the big leagues, the 24-year-old is slashing .229/.270/.342 with 28 extra-base hits and 33 RBI over 120 games.
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