Everyone likes lists! Well, here is a list of lists. Each day, The K Zone and its writers are ranking the top 10 players at each position. So far we ranked the Top 10 players at:
|K Zone Master Ranking||Mike’s Ranking||Ian’s Ranking||Mojo’s Ranking|
|1) Corey Seager (LAD)||Corey Seager (LAD)||Corey Seager (LAD)||Corey Seager (LAD)|
|2) Francisco Lindor (CLE)||Carlos Correa (HOU)||Trea Turner (WSH)||Francisco Lindor (CLE)|
|3) Carlos Correa (HOU)||Francisco Lindor (CLE)||Francisco Lindor (CLE)||Trea Turner (WSH)|
|4) Trea Turner (WSH)||Trevor Story (COL)||Carlos Correa (HOU)||Jonathan Villar (MIL)|
|5) Xander Bogaerts (BOS)||Troy Tulowitzki (TOR)||Xander Bogaerts (BOS)||Xander Bogaerts (BOS)|
|6) Jonathan Villar (MIL)||Brandon Crawford (SF)||Jonathan Villar (MIL)||Carlos Correa (HOU)|
|7) Brandon Crawford (SS)||Addison Russel (CHC)||Brandon Crawford (SF)||Jean Segura (SEA)|
|8) Trevor Story (COL)||Xander Bogaerts (BOS)||Addison Russell (CHC)||Asdrubal Cabrera (NYM)|
|9) Addison Russell (CHC)||Trea Turner (WSH)||Trevor Story (COL)||Brandon Crawford (SF)|
|10) Troy Tulowitzki (TOR)||Didi Gregorius||Jean Segura (SEA)||Troy Tulowitzki (TOR)|
Some Brief Words of Explanation: Through the rise of a myriad of young stars, shortstop has gone from one of the weakest positions on the diamond to one of the strongest, over just the past couple years. Rookie of the Year and MVP Candidate Corey Seager was unanimously chosen as the top shortstop by all three writers, while Francisco Lindor combined excellent defense with a top tier hit tool and plus speed to make the 2-spot. Carlos Correa had an arguably disappointing year despite his 20 home runs, 13 steal, and 3rd ranking with likely improvement in 2017. Trea turner broke out last year in the outfield of the nation’s capital, batting .342/.370/.567 with 33 steals in less than half a season. He would have won the Rookie of the Year most other years, and has earned the 4th spot on the list. Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts rounds out the top half of the list, having just begun to show his true potential, hitting well over .300 for most of the season. Jonathan Villar broke out with the Brewers last year at 25 years old, leading baseball with 62 stolen bases, and placing himself in the 6-spot of the list. Brandon Crawford won his second Gold Glove in a row while putting up well above average offensive numbers, and taking a solid position as the #7 shortstop in the Bigs. Trevor Story had an outstanding power-filled April and continued to hit well throughout the year, despite being plagued by the strikeout and missing a huge chunk of the season due to injury. He ranks 8th overall. Addison Russell combined power and defense in 2016 to put together a nice year, and is expected to add to his tool in 2017. He earned the ninth spot on the chart. Finally, Toronto shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has fallen from grace as the far-and-away top shortstop in baseball after being traded away from Coors Field and falling victim to many injuries. However, decent power and good defense has kept him just barely in the top 10 overall. That is unlike Jean Segura, whose outstanding April, .319 batting average, and 20/30 year was not quite enough to stamp out fears of regression and get him ranked on the list.
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|K Zone Master Ranking||Mike’s Ranking||Ian’s Ranking||Mojo’s Ranking|
|1) Kris Bryant (CHC)||Nolan Arenado (COL)||Kris Bryant (CHC)||Kris Bryant (CHC)|
|2) Nolan Arenado (COL)||Kris Bryant (CHC)||Josh Donaldson (TOR)||Nolan Arenado (COL)|
|3) Josh Donaldson (TOR)||Manny Machado (BAL)||Nolan Arenado (COL)||Josh Donaldson (TOR)|
|4) Manny Machado (BAL)||Kyle Seager (SEA)||Manny Machado (BAL)||Manny Machado (BAL)|
|5) Adrian Beltre (TEX)||Evan Longoria (TB)||Adrian Beltre (TEX)||Adrian Beltre (TEX)|
|6) Kyle Seager (SEA)||Josh Donaldson (TOR)||Kyle Seager (SEA)||Justin Turner (LAD)|
|7) Evan Longoria (TB)||Adrian Beltre (TEX)||Evan Longoria (TB)||Evan Longoria (TB)|
|8) Justin Turner (LAD)||Todd Frazier (CWS)||Justin Turner (LAD)||Kyle Seager (SEA)|
|9) Todd Frazier (CWS)||Justin Turner (LAD)||Todd Frazier (CWS)||Jose Ramirez (CLE)|
|10) Jose Ramirez (CLE)||Jake Lamb (ARI)||Jose Ramirez (CLE)||Anthony Rendon (WSH)|
Some Brief Words of Explaination: Third Base is an interestingly top-heavy position. As serial mock-drafters like myself know, there’s a relatively large top tier, Adrian Beltre, a Middle tier, and a Bottom tier. This list goes through the top tier and gets into the middle tier. Last year’s MVP Kris Bryant top the list by nearing 40 home runs. Nolan Arenado, who had a strikingly similar season and put on an absolute show defensively, is ranked second. Josh Donaldon’s power and OBP north of .400 made him a close third. Manny Machado, like his predecessors, displayed 40-home run power, but did not show the same on-base skills. He may challenge for the top spot once again if his base-stealing returns. Adrian Beltre’s built on his Hall of Fame case, hitting .300 with 30 home runs, and earning himself the 5th spot. The extension Kyle Seager signed a year ago seems to be going well, as he continues to display excellent power and is ranked. Many thought Evan Longoria’s career was in decline, but he proved them wrong in 2016, hitting 36 homers and coming in at a solid seventh in the Majors. Justin Turner broke out a couple years ago with Dodgers, and shows no sign of slowing down, having increased his power and stayed steady in the on-base department, and ranking eight. #9 on the list is White Sox commodity Todd Frazier, who belted a miraculous 40 bombs last season and stealing 15 bases, despite only hitting .225. Breakout third baseman Jose Ramirez just barely sneaks on to the top 10 after he hit .312 in over 150 games. He beat out power-hitting Phillie Maikel Franco and Anthony Rendon, who is a five tool player on the rare occasion he is healthy, for the 10th spot. It is also worthy of note that Alex Bregman, the newest crop of the Astros’ farm, who looks to have very strong potential, barely missed each list.
We’re in the middle of our top 10 series, and are coming out with a brand new list for a brand new position every day! Click here to get to our top-10 series home page, and see the top 10 players at any position you want. Or, stay in the loop with our Twitter and Instagram, we will use them to announce exactly when each new list comes out. Enjoy!
|K Zone Master Ranking||Mike’s Ranking||Ian’s Ranking||Mojo’s Ranking|
|1) Daniel Murphy (WSH)||Daniel Murphy (WSH)||Jose Altuve (HOU)||Daniel Murphy (WSH)|
|2) Robinson Cano (SEA)||DJ LeMahieu (COL)||Robinson Cano (SEA)||Jose Altuve (HOU)|
|3) Jose Altuve (HOU)||Robinson Cano (SEA)||Daniel Murphy (WSH)||Robinson Cano (SEA)|
|4) DJ LeMahieu (COL)||Dustin Pedroia (BOS)||Brain Dozier (MIN)||DJ LeMahieu (COL)|
|5) Dustin Pedroia (BOS)||Jose Altuve (HOU)||Ian Kinsler (DET)||Brian Dozier (MIN)|
|6) Brian Dozier (MIN)||Ian Kinsler (DET)||DJ LeMahieu (COL)||Dustin Pedroia (BOS)|
|7) Ian Kinsler (DET)||Brandon Phillips (ATL)||Dustin Pedroia (BOS)||Ben Zobrist (CHC)|
|8) Cesar Hernandez (PHI)||Cesar Hernandez (PHI)||Jason Kipnis (CLE)||Ian Kinsler (DET)|
|9) Ben Zobrist (CHC)||Rougned Odor (TEX)||Ben Zobrist (CHC)||Javier Baez (CHC)|
|10) Jason Kipnis (CLE)||Jason Kipnis (CLE)||Cesar Hernandez (PHI)||Cesar Hernandez (PHI)|
Some Brief Words of Explanation: With plenty of breakout stars and immortal veterans alike, second base is a fascinating position indeed. Daniel Murphy’s incredible breakout season earned him the #1 overall spot, and the #1 spot on two of three lists. Having once again become extremely relevant, Robinson Cano and his near 40 home runs lands him in the two-hole. Jose Altuve, who has kept his batting average and speed skills while improving on his power, round out the top three. Underrated batting average leader DJ LeMahieu takes hold of the cleanup position, and veteran Dustin Pedroia’s most recent .300 campaign grants him the fifth spot. Brian Dozier broke out in 2016 to hit 40 bombs to go along with plus speed, and is ranked sixth. Ian Kinsler is granted the seventh spot after adding another year to his resume of consistent hitting and excellent defense. Cesar Hernandez, a rare late-ranker who made all three writer’s lists after hitting nearly .300 with speed, ends up eighth , and the versatile Ben Zobrist made the ninth position. Finally, Jason Kipnis rounds out the list at #10, after greatly improving his power numbers. New Brave Brandon Phillips, formally a perennial top 3 second baseman, barely missed the group this time around.
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|K Zone Master Ranking||Mike’s Ranking||Ian’s Ranking||Mojo’s Ranking|
|1) Paul Goldshmidt (ARI)||Anthony Rizzo (CHC)||Paul Goldschmidt (ARI)||Joey Votto (CIN)|
|2) Miguel Cabrera (DET)||Paul Goldschmidt (ARI)||Miguel Cabrera (DET)||Miguel Cabrera (DET)|
|3) Anthony Rizzo (CHC)||Freddie Freeman (ATL)||Joey Votto (CIN)||Paul Goldschmidt (ARI)|
|4) Freddie Freeman (ATL)||Miguel Cabrera (DET)||Anthony Rizzo (CHC)||Freddie Freeman (ATL)|
|5) Joey Votto (CIN)||Wil Myers (SD)||Freddie Freeman (ATL)||Anthony Rizzo (CHC)|
|6) Edwin Encarnacion (CLE)||Chris Davis (BAL)||Edwin Encarnacion (CLE)||Edwin Encarnacion (CLE)|
|7) Brandon Belt (SF)||Brandon Belt (SF)||Ian Desmond (COL)||Brandon Belt (SF)|
|8) Wil Myers (SD)||Edwin Encarnacion (CLE)||Carlos Santana (CLE)||Hanley Ramirez (BOS)|
|9) Chris Davis (BAL)||Carlos Santana (CLE)||Brandon Belt (SF)||Jose Abreu (CWS)|
|10) Carlos Santana (CLE)||Adrian Gonzalez (LAD)||Jose Abreu (CWS)||Mike Napoli (TEX)|
Some Brief Words of Explanation:
Overall, first base is one of the deepest positions in Baseball, with lots of MVP-caliber players at the top, and plenty of potential all-stars who did not even make the list. Paul Goldshmidt has shown a remarkable ability to use all five tools, putting him in the #1 overall spot and in the top three of each writer’s list. Miguel Cabrera, an all-but-guaranteed hall-of-famer, is also mutually liked, making him the #2 overall first baseman. While slightly more controversial, the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo made the 3-spot still with full approval. Freddie Freeman, coming off an excellent season, has carried himself to 4th. Mike’s contempt for Joey Votto balanced out Ian and Mojo’s obsession with the player, resulting in a still very respectable #5 position. Edwin Encarnacion’s move away from a great hitter-friendly park likely hurt his value a little, but he was hurt most by the incredible depth near the top of, and throughout the position. He ended up at ranking sixth. Mike alone carried Myers, who displayed near 30/30 skills last season, to the 8-spot, just as he also carried Chris Davis to the 9-hole. Carlos Santana was the final player to make the cut, deserving so as his on-base skills consistently rank near the head of the class. Coors Field import Ian Desmond and the Cuban Jose Abreu just missed the overall top 10.
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February 24, 2017
We the Fans, by Ian Joffe
“Baseball is a game between two teams of nine players each, under direction of a manager, played on an enclosed field in accordance with these rules, under jurisdiction of one or more umpires.”
The above is rule 1.01 of Baseball, the first rule in the official rule book. It is what parents turn to to teach their 4-year-old and what umpires turn to on the first day of school. Rules have, of course, always been essential to baseball, as they are to our society as a whole. But, it has come to my attention, and the attention of the baseball community, that now 3-year Commissioner Rob Manfred intends to impose, or at least try to impose, a set of new rules to speed up the game, many of which are, in my estimation, are highly unpopular. Slightly less controversial is that starting in 2017, the intentional walk will be a sign from the dugout, rather than four pitches. Still, far more drastic changes seem to be in the works. Manfred wants to, perhaps as soon as 2018, institute rules such as a 20-second pitch clock and the placing of two runner on base at the start of each extra-inning frame.
To question the rules of Rob Manfred, one must first look at the purpose of a rule in the first place. While the philosophy is likely lengthy yet interestingly debatable, one can generally say that rules exist for the net benefit of those who follow them. As children, we were taught not to cut in line, because the line helps everyone get what they are waiting for. We were taught to raise our hands, because only then will everyone’s question get answered. Rules in the game of Baseball work similarly, but its business aspect makes it slightly more complex. Like how a normal business must keep its shareholders happy, Major League Baseball must keep its fans happy. So, rules in Baseball exist to help everyone: the participants (owners and players alike) and the fans.
Through this definition, Manfred’s rules get sketchy. It may sound weird coming from someone who is currently writing a blog post, but the truth is that my sole opinion barely matters. What matters is the opinions of those who the rules affect: the participants of baseball and their fans. The rules must exist to help those people. From a fan’s perspective, the questions are relatively binary: will this rule make me like Baseball more, or less? Will it make me watch Baseball more or less? To me, Manfred’s rule makes me like the game less, and therefore makes we watch it less. But, as I just said, the opinion of the majority matters more than just what I think, and the vast majority of people I have talked to agree with me. In fact, very few people I have spoken to like the pitch clock, and literally nobody I have spoken to, including online commenters (whose opinions matter too, believe it or not), supports putting runners on base at the dawn of extra innings. Additionally, the Player’s Union has come out strongly against these changes. Based on my experience, it is crystal clear that the potential new rules are disliked by most people, despite the fact that the very purpose of the Baseball rules are to make people like the game more. These rules do not serve their purpose, in fact they do the opposite of their purpose, so why should they exist?
But, like my own opinion, my own experience does not matter much either. In other posts, I rant about the importance of sample size. What Commissioner Manfred needs is to get out and talk to people (or at least pay people to do that for him). Run some polls! Post some surveys! Figure out what we, the fans really truly want. This is not a blog post about specific potential rule changes that could affect us two years from now (well, it sort of is, but that’s not the point). This is a post about how the Commissioner of Major League Baseball needs to learn what his fans really want. As a 16-year-old teenager, I am tired of having people assume my opinion (and I’m sure many other groups can relate). People think us teens are impatient and irrational. But, the truth is, we just love Baseball. I hear on TV that MLB needs to speed up the game to “attract young fans.” The problem is, the majority of us young fans do not want the commissioner to speed up the game at all. And, the only way New York will know for sure is by getting out and polling us. Manfred must not assume what we want, rather he must see what we actually want. If it turns out I’m wrong and the fans want a faster game, so be it. As of now though, that appears to be the opposite case. Mr. Manfred: keep the game slow, keep the fans happy. Or at least figure out what will actually keep the polled majority of fans happy, instead of what you think will make the fans happy.
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February 10, 2017
From League Average Second Baseman to Babe Ruth, by Mojo Hill
Daniel Murphy played for the New York Mets for about six and a half years, playing mostly second base, although he occasionally spent time in the outfield, first base, or third base. Over this time he accumulated 13.6 WAR while hitting slightly above league average with a .288/.331/.424 line and a 109 OPS+ (where 100 is league average). He did this while playing less than stellar defense, making him about an average player. He was an All-Star backup once in 2015. He was a valuable piece and one of the most consistent hitters on a mediocre Mets team, but was never seen as much more than just a slap-hitting second baseman with mediocre on-base skills and not much power who played mediocre defense.
But in 2015, after six straight sub-.500 seasons, the Mets overcame some difficulties while utilizing their young pitching and trading for some clutch hitters en route to a 90-win season. The Mets were headed to the postseason. Their first obstacle was the Los Angeles Dodgers, who had two of the best pitchers in baseball in Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.
Murphy came to the plate against the best pitcher on the planet, Kershaw, in his second at-bat after striking out in his first one. Murphy was a left-handed hitter who didn’t hit many home runs, especially not against lefties. Kershaw was a superstar pitcher who didn’t give up many home runs, especially not to lefties.
So, naturally, Murphy took him deep and the Mets won 3-1.
Murphy collected a hit in the next two games, at which point the Mets led the series 2-1. They had to face Kershaw again, and this time with the young lefty Steven Matz taking the mound. The Mets lost 3-1, but the one run came on, you guessed it, a home run, by Daniel Murphy, off of the best pitcher in the game.
So it came down to game five, with All-Star Jacob deGrom facing the ERA leader Zack Greinke. The Mets squeaked out the win, 3-2, as Murphy hit another home run, this time off of Greinke. Murphy was possibly the deciding factor in this nail-biting series, hitting three home runs off of arguably the best two pitchers in baseball that year.
But Murphy would not stop there. He continued his success into the NLCS against the Cubs. In his first at-bat, against another one of the best lefties in baseball, Jon Lester, he hit yet another home run in a 4-2 Mets win. He hit a home run in the next three games as the Mets swept the championship-hungry Cubs.
Murphy came back to Earth in the World Series as the Mets lost to the Royals 4-1. He made a costly error in the final game of that series, but none of this took away any of what he did prior to the World Series, when he suddenly became a slugging second baseman.
Due to the uncharacteristic and short-lived nature of Murphy’s surge, most people assumed that it was a fluke and that in 2016 Murphy would go back to being Murphy. He was a free agent after the 2015 season, and was eventually picked up the Mets’ rival team, the Washington Nationals.
Now in a different part of the NL East, Murphy set out to prove that his surge was no fluke. His bat was magma hot through the first stretch of the season. On June 1, he led the Majors with a .397 AVG and 77 hits and was in second in SLG (.634), and third in OBP (.428).
These were absurd numbers, especially for a league-average second baseman on the wrong side of 30. His stats up until this point compared with hitters like Mike Trout and David Ortiz.
As the season went on, Murphy came back to Earth a little bit, as could be expected. But his overall numbers at the end of the season were still tremendous. His .347 AVG came in second in the batting title race to Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu’s .348, mostly due to a late-season surge by LeMahieu. While Murphy’s numbers did fall from absurdity, he remained remarkably consistent throughout the year. He finished the season with a superb .347/.390/.595 batting line and tied with Joey Votto for the third best OPS in baseball (.985) behind only Ortiz (1.021) and Trout (.991). He also annihilated his former team, batting .413/.444/.773 against them, collecting a hit in all nineteen games against them. He also hit 25 home runs, shattering his career high of 14.
Obviously, Murphy shattered the expectations that anyone had for him. On the surface of it, it looks he had to have completely changed his approach to one like that of legendary Yankees slugger Babe Ruth, for instance. When Babe Ruth came to the plate, he wasn’t looking to bloop a single into right and jog to first. He was looking to hit the ball hard and far. Through Murphy’s career, he had always been a contact-first hitter, which helped him hit for average in light of his lack of power.
Here’s a graph of Murphy’s K% throughout his career relative to league average.
You can see here that he didn’t make all these improvements to the expense of putting the ball in play. Unlike Ruth, he has a contact-first approach. His goal when at the plate is to make solid contact with the ball, put in play and see what happens. While a lot of times these types of huge surges are a result of a change in approach, Murphy kept the same mentality into the 2016 season.
Now, here’s a graph of Murphy’s ISO (SLG-AVG) throughout his career, again relative to league average.
Before 2016, his overall power had been well below league average, but he started putting the ball in play with more authority and posted an ISO ahead of sluggers such as Miguel Cabrera and Chris Davis. The Nationals’ 2016 home run leader was not 2015 NL MVP Bryce Harper or Ryan Zimmerman; it was Daniel Murphy.
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February 10th 2017
by Mike Duffy
Growing up in Pasadena led Chase Utley to be a huge Dodger fan as a kid. During the 2015 season he was traded and got to play for his home team! Then following the 2016 season he became a free agent and was thought to be replaced soon after. In the past week there were rumors flying around that Utley was mulling over his offers and that he was ready to sign in the next few days. As of the morning of February 10th he had narrowed his choice between 4 contending teams which included the Indians and the Dodgers. All day people were talking about the potential deal with Utley and the Indians while they had given up on the idea of him reuniting with the Dodgers. In the recent few weeks SS Corey Seager and Manager Dave Roberts have been campaigning for a return of Utley while the GM Andrew Friedman said the Dodgers would have re-signed Chase Utley months ago if lineup wasn’t so LHH-heavy, but, “Never say never with a guy like Chase,” he said.
But as of 8:30pm on Friday night both Utley and the Dodgers have agreed to another one-year deal rumored to be between $3 to $6 Million. The way he plays and the respect he has for the game is unheard of. Every player that gets to know him realizes how much of an asset he is to any team he plays for, either on the field or off the field where he shows how good of a role model he is. When he plays he’s always there to win. And at 38 years old there is no slowing him down. He is my role model everyday and when I believed that the Dodgers might not bring Utley back because they traded Jose de Leon for Loagan Forsythe instead of re-signing Utley, I was extremely upset! Utley, he might not be the best 2nd baseman anymore, but at least you know what you’re getting. He will be a solid backup to the righty Forsythe and will mantain a .250-.260 batting average with 10 home runs.
He also makes the players around him better. With the Phillies and as we see here the Dodgers:
Batting average of the Dodgers in correlation to Utley coming:
The year before Utley came: .255
The year Utley came: .274
The 2nd year with Utley: .266
Now he has taken on the job of being Corey Seager’s mentor and they have a great chemistry which has helped Corey develop as a star player and Rookie of the Year. The Dodgers aren’t going to play Utley much and instead they will mostly use him as a mentor for the young guys. But that’s okay with me because at least he’s a Dodger!
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February 5th 2017
Interview by Mike Duffy
Mike Duffy: Whats the biggest challenge as you move up each level?
Scott Kingery: I wouldn’t say there is one big challenge every time you move up, it’s more of what kind of adjustments you have to make. The higher you move up the players are more consistent and have more knowledge. They know where your weaknesses are and they will try and exploit them. So you have to adjust as well. The game is all about adjustments.
Mike Duffy: What was it like to go play in the Little league World Series?
Scott Kingery: Playing in the LLWS was an incredible experience. First off we were playing on espn in the biggest tournament you could play in at that age. Every little leaguer dreams to make it there and my team did. It made it even more special for me because my dad was the coach and my twin brother was playing along side me. We were playing in front of 20 thousand fans so it was pretty nerve racking but it was one of my favorite baseball memories. I’ll never forget it!
Mike Duffy: What is your favorite thing about playing 2nd base?
Scott Kingery: My favorite thing about playing second base is how much of the action I get to be involved in. On every play I have somewhere to be and something to do so I’m always locked in. Of course laying out for a ball and making a play no one thought you had a chance at making is fun too!
Mike Duffy: Who was your favorite player growing up?
Scott Kingery: I’m not sure I had one favorite player when I was growing up but I always loved watching Dustin Pedroia. Not just because he is a small second baseman like I am but because of the way he plays the game. Always hustling, always laying out and always playing with a chip on his shoulder. I also remember watching Utley play the same exact way!
Mike Duffy: What is your favorite stadium you have played in?
Scott Kingery: I had a chance to play in the future phillies game at citizens bank ballpark which is an amazing stadium but I think the phillies have some of the best parks in every league! I’ve had a chance to play in Lakewood, Clearwater and reading and every stadium has a great culture. Especially reading! They pack the house and really get behind the team.
Mike Duffy: Which team was/is your favorite?
Scott Kingery: Growing up I was an Arizona Diamondbacks fan. Being born and raised in Arizona I was a hometown fan. Dbacks, cardinals, suns and coyotes! But now I’m a phillies fan of course!
Mike Duffy: Whats your favorite movie?
Scott Kingery: One movie I could watch over and over and never get tired of is Old School. It gets better every time I watch it!
Mike Duffy: Whats your favorite movie and tv show?
Scott Kingery: As for TV shows Game of Thrones is one of my favorites right now but my all time favorite is the office!
Mike Duffy: Is there any teammate that has stood out the most in their effort to help out?
Scott Kingery: I try and learn something from all my teammates. Everyone has a different way they look at things, situations, pitchers, hitting, defense, stealing bases and I think it’s important to take in every piece of information you can and sometimes things stick out and can help you improve your game. All the guys I’ve played with so far have been awesome and helpful.
Mike Duffy: Do you have a Motto?
Scott Kingery: I don’t have a certain motto that I stick to but I like to “play like I have something to prove” every time I step on the field. It puts a chip on my shoulder and pushes me to work harder and give it everything I have every time I’m in between the white lines.
Mike Duffy: Whats the best thing about being a Philly?
Scott Kingery: One of the best parts about being in the phillies organization is how invested they are in their players. A couple weeks ago I had a chance to go to a prospect camp in Philadelphia and the knowledge and skills I learned out there were so valuable. It shows how much they believe in their players and want them to improve in every aspect of their game and in life. Also I love how passionate the fans in Philadelphia are. The Philadelphia sports culture is the best there is.
Mike Duffy: What was it like on draft day?
Scott Kingery: Draft day was unlike anything else. I don’t know if I’ve ever been so nervous and so excited at the same time. But as soon as my name got called it was crazy. I had friends and family over and the place erupted and everyone was hugging me. It was an amazing experience!
Mike Duffy: Whats the best thing you did this season?
Scott Kingery: I started this season playing in the Florida state league and had the chance to check out Harry Potter world in Orlando on an off day. I’m not the biggest Harry Potter fan but my older brother is and he said I needed to check it out. The place was awesome and looked exactly like the real hog warts. I thought I might actual be a wizard for a second when I was walking around there! That was one of the most fun things I did this season. Besides the champagne showers with the guys when we clinched.
Mike Duffy: What are you hoping to show the coaches at spring training?
Scott Kingery: During spring training I’m planning on showing the coaches what I can do. Going out there every day with something to prove!
Mike Duffy: What makes you so successful at stealing?
Scott Kingery: I’ve always been fast which definitely helps when trying to steal a base but there is a lot more to it than just being fast. I really work on stretching my lead to the max point where I can get back on a pickoff. Also try to pick a certain pitch in a certain count to give myself a better shot!
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