The Phils have Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis, who was played for 162 games last year, something I still cannot get over. Imagine a team playing Freddy Galvis 162 games. I can’t and it happened! Any hoo! Both of these guys are arbitration eligible which could make them attractive in a trade to a smaller market team. As if you can’t imagine Cesar Hernandez or Galvis playing for the A’s next year. Plus, the Phils just hired “Hottie With His Shirt Off” Gabe Kapler. The Jacked Jew! By the way, if you would tell anyone who doesn’t know better that there’s a Jewish manager for the Phils named Gabe and he’s sexy AF, they’d tell you that you are absolutely bonkers. There hasn’t been a handsome Gabe since the 1979 Battle of the Network Stars when Isaac from The Love Boat sprayed water in Gable Kaplan’s face. Gabe Kapler is like the visual representation of a John Legend song. Okay, enough homoerotic fantasy baseball. Scott Kingery! That’s who we’re for. I mention Cesar Hernandez and Galvis because they could be standing in the way of Kingery’s playing time. Kingery plays predominantly 2nd base, which means Cesar would have to move, but Hernandez could play short, which works if Galvis moves. So, what can we expect from Scott Kingery for 2018 fantasy baseball?
People were down on Scott Kingery in his first full year in 2016, but it was his first full season of pro ball and he played in Clearwater of the Florida State League, which sounds like where George Zimmerman should be playing. The FSL is the anti-PCL. Kingery didn’t do great, but it should be ignored. Last year, Kingery demolished Double-A in only 69 games — 18 HRs, 19 SBs, .313 AVG and .295 ISO (!). Some would say those are Bugs Bunny-type numbers. Yes, true, but they’re also Goofy, to mix animation houses. However, these were in Reading, which is like hitting in Coors, if Coors was on the moon with its gravity issues. “I don’t think I have gravity issues.” That’s the Moon in denial about its own true self. Kingery’s FB% jumped in Reading, but manifested itself as line drives in Triple-A Lehigh Valley, if I’m reading Reading correctly, which I am, you stutterer. His ISO was still solid at Lehigh Valley — in 63 games, 8 HRs, 10 SBs, .294 AVG, 22% line drive rate. Is he a 30 homer bat? No, but he’s legit 20/20 with a good average. Since he played college ball — for what? Was he trying to get his degree so he could become a substitute teacher? — he’s already older than most prospects — will be 24 in April — and is ready for the majors. I’m guessing the Jacked Jew wants to make the Phils his team and won’t waste much time promoting Kingery if he keeps hitting at Triple-A. Assuming that’s true, he’ll be up at the latest June/July, but there’s a real chance he starts the year with the Phils. For now, I’ll give Scott Kingery projections of 44/8/39/.282/12 in 378 ABs, but that’s from June, and are subject to change any week now like your underwear.