Twins 4, Phillies 3: It's That Scott Kingery Kid Again


CLEARWATER, Fla. -- If Scott Kingery keeps this up, he's not just going to make the Phillies' opening day roster. He's going to win a spot on the team's Wall of Fame.

The 22-year-old second baseman continued his torrid spring training with two more hits, including a home run, and another eye-popping defensive play in a 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins at Spectrum Field on Friday.

"I can't say enough about Kingery," manager Pete Mackanin said. "He's a good-looking player, boy. And, I'll tell you what, I really like what I see.

"To be as composed as he is in his first big-league camp after just getting a taste of Double A. He really has made a great impression."

Let's answer the obvious question right here: Kingery is not making the big-league club. He spent just six weeks at Double A Reading last season and will most likely open right back there in April with Jesmuel Valentin, another 22-year-old second base prospect, opening at Triple A. Kingery himself has stated that he needs more time at Double A (see story).

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Kingery entered Friday's game in the sixth inning and quickly laid out to his right and made a diving play and snap throw to first for an out. His home run came in the seventh. It was a two-run shot to left on a full-count pitch.

"Very good at-bat," Mackanin said. "He didn't want to get beat on something soft and he fought off some fastballs. He protected against something soft, he got a soft pitch and, against the wind, hit a bomb."

The middle infield boys
The Phillies' second base job belongs to Cesar Hernandez. He had a nice game Friday, reaching base three times.

Shortstop Freddy Galvis, who is working on improving his selectivity and on-base percentage, has impressed Mackanin early in the Grapefruit League season. Galvis is seeing pitches and trying to use the middle of the field more.

"I'm real happy with his at-bats," Mackanin said. "He looks like he's really under control and if he continues to have an approach like that he's going to have a good year."

No luck
Logan Moore doesn't get a lot of notice, but Phillies instructors will tell you that he's a first-rate defensive catcher. He has played at Double A and Triple A the last two seasons, basically wherever the organization needs him, and could end up as a backup in the majors someday.

Moore, who hits left-handed, had two good at-bats in Friday's game. He lined out hard to shortstop with two men on base to end the seventh, then ended the game with a bullet comebacker to the mound with the bases loaded. Both times an excellent defensive play took away a hit from him.

"Bad luck for Logan Moore," Mackanin said. "The shortstop robbed him. He really swung it well."

Moore's dad, Brad, pitched in eight games for the Phillies, five in 1998 and three in 1990.

Extra bases
Projected opening day starter Jeremy Hellickson pitched three innings of one-run ball. He allowed four hits, including a homer, walked a batter and struck out four.

Jerad Eickhoff will be the starting pitcher Saturday when the Phillies host the Atlanta Braves.

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