Scott Kingery is off to one of the hottest starts by a Phillies rookie in recent memory.
Hitting .280 with two homers (one a grand slam) and 12 RBI in his first 13 big-league games, Kingery has already begun to make a name for himself.
Appearing on Jim Salisbury's At the Yard podcast, Kingery talked all things Phils, but most notably he discussed comparisons to the legendary Chase Utley.
"Anytime you're put in the same sentence as (Chase Utley), that's an honor," Kingery told Salisbury. "I did watch him and I watched guys like Dustin Pedroia growing up and Derek Jeter. You see the way they play the game and they go about it the right way and they go hard. That's something I could look up to. For me, it was, you don't have to be the most talented guy on the field. If you're out there and you're hustling and you're making plays and you're helping your team win any way you can, that's what you can look up to. That's the type of special player that people want on their teams."
Is Kingery - a second baseman turned super utility fielder -the next Chase Utley?
Listen to the full episode below:
On this edition of At the Yard, @JSalisburyNBCS is joined by Scott Kingery to discuss the Phillies season, details behind his contract, and more.
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) April 16, 2018