Well, Scott Kingery won’t be making the Philadelphia Phillies Opening Day roster. The Phils reassigned a slew of players including Kingery before Monday’s Grapefruit League game against Toronto.
Kingery slashed .340/.415/.447 with a homer, two stolen bases, and four RBIs in 47 Grapefruit League at-bats in a bid to make the Big Club as a bench piece. The 28-year old former 2nd round draft pick showed versatility playing multiple positions for the Phils during the Clearwater season.
But alas it was not enough to rejoin the team.
Despite being left off the Opening Day roster, Kingery –who is in the final year of a 6-year/$24MM contract– will likely see some at-bats in Philadelphia during the 2023 season. The Phillies lack depth at multiple positions with Bryce Harper starting the season on the injured list and Rhys Hoskins being done for the year. Moving Kingery to Triple-A Lehigh Valley will ensure consistent at-bats until the Phils eventually come calling.
In addition to Kingery, the other notable names reassigned by the Phillies include INF Kody Clemens and LHP Michael Plassmeyer.
Clemens, the son of Roger Clemens, slashed .319/.385/.617 with three homers, five doubles, and 10 RBIs in 47 at-bats in Clearwater. The 26-year old was acquired as a part of the Gregory Soto trade from the Detroit Tigers. Clemens was Detroit’s 3rd round pick in the 2018 MLB June Amateur Draft out of the University of Texas. He was ranked by MLB Pipeline as the 18th best prospect in Detroit’s farm system after the 2021 season.
Plassmeyer had a strong Grapefruit League campaign for the Phillies, the lefty registered a 2.57 ERA in 14-innings and six strikeouts during the Spring. The 26-year old did struggle at times with control, issuing eight walks during those 14-innings. Like Kingery, Plassmeyer is likely to be the “first up” if the Phils need an arm due to injury or lack of production.
The Phillies will officially announce their Opening Day roster later in the day on Monday ahead of the opening series in Texas. The Phils travel to Arlington and begin a three-game set with the American League’s Texas Rangers on Thursday. First pitch is set for 3:00 PM/Eastern from GlobeLife Park.
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