Crashbag Vol. 36: The Future Infield

Last night the minor league regular season ended, the IronPigs are still in playoffs and sending a AA rotation to the mound. Oh and the major league club has Rhys Hoskins, J.P. Crawford, Nick Williams, and Jorge Alfaro up with Odubel Herrera back from injury.

@totommit: Kingery’s K% has risen to 20.3% and BB% has dropped to 4.5% at AAA. Is this just a blip, or does he have plate discipline problems?

In 2016:

Clearwater: 7.9% BB% 12.9% K%
Reading: 3.0% BB% 21.7% K%

In 2017:

Reading: 8.8% BB% 16.1% K%
Lehigh Valley: 4.5% BB% 20.3% K%

Kingery does have some approach issues. He is an aggressive hitter at heart, and at each new level pitchers have been able to make him expand the strikezone. That said I am not really worried about him. He is never going to walk like Hoskins, Crawford, or Cesar Hernandez, but he also isn’t Nick Williams or Jorge Alfaro. He has always made the adjustment at each level, it just has taken him some time. This is part of why there haven’t been any rumblings about promoting Kingery to the majors, he hasn’t made the AAA adjustment yet. He will also only be 23 on opening day next year and should be on pace to compete for a major league spot should the Phillies trade Hernandez this offseason or ready as soon as the Phillies can move Hernandez during the season. So not a blip, as much as it is part of a pattern of struggle and adjustment. Continue reading…