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Kingery's hit streak at 6 as Phils win 6th straight

Red-hot rookie second baseman has 11 RBIs during his current stretch
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ST. PETERSBURG -- For a second straight day, the Phillies' offense feasted like kings.

Scott Kingery stretched his hitting streak to six games to lead the Phillies to a 10-4 win and a series sweep over the Rays at Tropicana Field on Sunday. It was the second consecutive sweep for Philadelphia (six straight wins) and eighth win in its last nine games.

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ST. PETERSBURG -- For a second straight day, the Phillies' offense feasted like kings.

Scott Kingery stretched his hitting streak to six games to lead the Phillies to a 10-4 win and a series sweep over the Rays at Tropicana Field on Sunday. It was the second consecutive sweep for Philadelphia (six straight wins) and eighth win in its last nine games.

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"We are having fun," Kingery said. "I think one of the big things is that everyone's positive out there, no matter if we are down a couple runs or up a couple of runs. We're rolling right now and having fun."

The Phillies did the bulk of their offensive damage against Rays starter Ryan Yarbrough in the top of the third. Andrew Knapp slapped a single through the right side of the infield to start things off against Yarbrough, who got the start on the hill as part of the Rays' bullpen day. Pedro Florimon followed that up with a double. Cesar Hernandez reached on a throwing error by Rays shortstop Daniel Robertson that allowed the Phillies' first run in. Yarbrough then hit Rhys Hoskins with a pitch to load the bases for Kingery.

Video: PHI@TB: Knapp scores on Robertson's error

"Obviously, we play for the big innings," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. "Big innings are really important to winning baseball games, grinding out longer at-bats, just to give yourself a chance to get that big hit."

Kingery, who got the start at second base on Sunday, got that big hit after he narrowly missed out on his second grand slam in five days. Kingery turned around an 0-2 fastball for a line drive that short-hopped the wall in the deepest part of center field for his seventh double of the year, tops among all Major League rookies.

"As a team, we do a really great job of grinding the pitcher down, making him throw pitches and then battling every at-bat," Kingery said.

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Nine of Kingery's 13 hits this season have been for extra bases. The team's No. 2 overall prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com, now has 11 RBIs during his current hitting streak. His 12 RBIs through the first 13 games of his big league career are the most in Phillies history since Don Money had 15 through that same span in 1969.

According to Elias, the Yankees' Aaron Judge is the most recent rookie with 11-plus RBIs in six games, accomplishing that feat from Sept. 24-29, 2017. And Rhys Hoskins is the most recent Phillies rookie to do so, from Sept. 8-14, 2017.

Starter Ben Lively had a bit of a rough day for Philadelphia, giving up a solo home run to Denard Span in the bottom of the first. A bloop single into shallow left off the bat of Kevin Kiermaier and a triple down the left-field line by Mallex Smith put the Phillies in a quick 2-0 hole. Lively would settle down but would only make it through four innings because of an elevated pitch count, striking out five along the way.

Video: PHI@TB: Lively strikes out Wendle swinging in the 4th

"I could have performed better but I'm going to be smiling today because we got the win," Lively said. "Everyone's pumped. It's going to be a good plane ride."

It would be more than enough after the Phillies added five more runs in the top of the eighth thanks to a three-run blast to left field by Aaron Altherr.

"Hopefully that means that more good things are coming for me," Altherr said. "It felt good to get the head out and pull the ball for once."

Video: PHI@TB: Altherr uncorks a three-run homer to left

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Phillies reliever Yacksel Rios plunked Joey Wendle and gave up a single to Jesus Sucre to put the tying runs aboard with one out in the bottom of the sixth. Rios was able to get Robertson to pop out to the catcher but was replaced by Luis Garcia. The first batter Garcia faced -- Span -- smoked a line drive to right field but it was caught by a diving Altherr to end the inning and the threat.

"The read. The break. The laying out and the positioning were all spot on," Kapler said.

Video: PHI@TB: Altherr lays out to make a tremendous catch

SOUND SMART
The Phillies' pitching staff has allowed the fewest number of home runs in the Major Leagues this season, averaging just 0.57 home runs per nine innings. Even with Span's leadoff shot on Sunday, Philly starters have allowed just four home runs combined through the first 14 games, trailing only the Minnesota and San Francisco staffs for the fewest in the league.

HE SAID IT
"Those guys know how to keep it light. There's plenty of guys smiling in our clubhouse right now in part because they've made it their intention to have a good time and I think that's important in baseball because there is so much stress, so much pressure and so much on the line every night," --Kapler

UP NEXT
Philly starter Aaron Nola (1-0, 1.69) will look to continue his career success against the Braves when the red-hot Phillies travel to Atlanta on Monday to kick off a three-game set at 7:35 p.m. ET. Nola has a career 5-1 record with a 1.93 ERA in his eight starts -- including his solid Opening Day start -- against the National League East rival. Atlanta will send righty fireballer Mike Foltynewicz (1-1, 2.93) to the mound.

J. Scott Butherus is a contributor to MLB.com based in Tampa.

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Where Phillies' Top 30 prospects are starting season

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With the 2018 season getting started, here's a look at where the Phillies' Top 30 prospects are starting the season:

1. Sixto Sanchez (MLB No. 26), RHP -- Extended spring training
2. Scott Kingery (MLB No. 35), 2B -- Philadelphia Phillies (MLB)
3. J.P. Crawford (MLB No. 37), SS -- Philadelphia Phillies (MLB)
4. Adonis Medina (MLB No. 86), RHP -- Clearwater Threshers (A Adv)
5. Mickey Moniak (MLB No. 88), OF -- Clearwater Threshers (A Adv)
6. Adam Haseley (MLB No. 95), OF -- Clearwater Threshers (A Adv)
7. Jorge Alfaro, C -- Philadelphia Phillies (MLB)
8. Jhailyn Ortiz, OF -- Lakewood BlueClaws (A)
9. JoJo Romero, LHP -- Reading Fightin Phils (AA)
10. Franklyn Kilome, RHP -- Reading Fightin Phils (AA)
11. Arquimedes Gamboa, SS -- Clearwater Threshers (A Adv)
12. Ranger Suarez, LHP -- Reading Fightin Phils (AA)
13. Seranthony Dominguez, RHP -- Reading Fightin Phils (AA)
14. Daniel Brito, 2B -- Lakewood BlueClaws (A)
15. Enyel De Los Santos, RHP -- Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA)
16. Thomas Eshelman, RHP -- Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA)
17. Roman Quinn, OF -- Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA)
18. Cornelius Randolph, OF -- Reading Fightin Phils (AA)
19. Dylan Cozens, OF -- Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA)
20. Jose Gomez, SS -- Extended Spring Training
21. Kyle Young, LHP -- Lakewood BlueClaws (A)
22. Francisco Morales, RHP -- Extended Spring Training
23. Spencer Howard, RHP -- Lakewood BlueClaws (A)
24. McKenzie Mills, LHP -- Clearwater Threshers (A Adv)
25. Drew Anderson, RHP -- Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA)
26. Cole Irvin, LHP -- Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA)
27. Luis Garcia, SS -- Extended Spring Training
28. Victor Arano, RHP -- Philadelphia Phillies (MLB)
29. J.D. Hammer, RHP -- Reading Fightin Phils (AA)
30. Kevin Gowdy, RHP -- Out for season

With the 2018 season getting started, here's a look at where the Phillies' Top 30 prospects are starting the season:

1. Sixto Sanchez (MLB No. 26), RHP -- Extended spring training
2. Scott Kingery (MLB No. 35), 2B -- Philadelphia Phillies (MLB)
3. J.P. Crawford (MLB No. 37), SS -- Philadelphia Phillies (MLB)
4. Adonis Medina (MLB No. 86), RHP -- Clearwater Threshers (A Adv)
5. Mickey Moniak (MLB No. 88), OF -- Clearwater Threshers (A Adv)
6. Adam Haseley (MLB No. 95), OF -- Clearwater Threshers (A Adv)
7. Jorge Alfaro, C -- Philadelphia Phillies (MLB)
8. Jhailyn Ortiz, OF -- Lakewood BlueClaws (A)
9. JoJo Romero, LHP -- Reading Fightin Phils (AA)
10. Franklyn Kilome, RHP -- Reading Fightin Phils (AA)
11. Arquimedes Gamboa, SS -- Clearwater Threshers (A Adv)
12. Ranger Suarez, LHP -- Reading Fightin Phils (AA)
13. Seranthony Dominguez, RHP -- Reading Fightin Phils (AA)
14. Daniel Brito, 2B -- Lakewood BlueClaws (A)
15. Enyel De Los Santos, RHP -- Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA)
16. Thomas Eshelman, RHP -- Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA)
17. Roman Quinn, OF -- Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA)
18. Cornelius Randolph, OF -- Reading Fightin Phils (AA)
19. Dylan Cozens, OF -- Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA)
20. Jose Gomez, SS -- Extended Spring Training
21. Kyle Young, LHP -- Lakewood BlueClaws (A)
22. Francisco Morales, RHP -- Extended Spring Training
23. Spencer Howard, RHP -- Lakewood BlueClaws (A)
24. McKenzie Mills, LHP -- Clearwater Threshers (A Adv)
25. Drew Anderson, RHP -- Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA)
26. Cole Irvin, LHP -- Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA)
27. Luis Garcia, SS -- Extended Spring Training
28. Victor Arano, RHP -- Philadelphia Phillies (MLB)
29. J.D. Hammer, RHP -- Reading Fightin Phils (AA)
30. Kevin Gowdy, RHP -- Out for season

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Team to watch
While the Phillies' best prospects are spread somewhat evenly up and down the system, Clearwater is the place to go to see the best the organization has to offer. Four of the top six prospects will begin the season with the Threshers in the Florida State League, starting with No. 1 Sixto Sanchez, who is expected to join the rotation within two weeks or less as the Phillies manage his workload. No. 4 Adonis Medina gives Clearwater an outstanding 1-2 punch in the rotation, while the club's last two first-round picks, 2016 No. 1 overall selection Mickey Moniak (No. 5) and '17 No. 8 pick Adam Haseley (No. 6 prospect) will patrol the outfield together.

Where baseball's top prospects are starting the 2018 season

Teams on MiLB.TV
Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Reading Fightin Phils

New faces
No. 14 prospect Enyel De Los Santos has moved around a bit, starting his career with the Mariners back in 2014, then getting dealt to the Padres after the '15 season. After throwing 150 innings in Double-A in '17, finishing fifth in strikeouts, he came to the Phillies in the Freddy Galvis trade last December. He'll start the year with his third organization in Triple-A, the proverbial phone call away. Luis Garcia (No. 26 on Phillies' Top 30) was ranked No. 7 on MLB Pipeline's Top 30 International Prospects last summer and the Phillies liked the shortstop enough to give him $2.5 million to sign in July. He's yet to make his official debut, but he did impress in the Dominican academy after signing, as well as at instructs. A start in the Gulf Coast League isn't out of the question.

On the shelf
Kevin Gowdy (No. 29) was once thought to be a first-round talent and the Phillies were thrilled to get him in the second round of the 2016 Draft, going well above pick value to sign him. But he needed Tommy John surgery last August and will miss the '18 season.

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast.

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Kingery collects two 108-mph hits in debut

Phillies prospect starts at third base in win over Braves
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ATLANTA -- If Scott Kingery's heart beat a little faster Friday night at SunTrust Park, he never showed it.

Gabe Kapler admired that.

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ATLANTA -- If Scott Kingery's heart beat a little faster Friday night at SunTrust Park, he never showed it.

Gabe Kapler admired that.

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"It looks like he's been out there forever," the Phillies' first-year manager said after Kingery's two-hit Major League debut in a 5-4 victory over the Braves in 11 innings. "When you watched [Derek] Jeter on the field, the heartbeat seemed the same all the time. Nothing ever got too big for him. When I watch Kingery play, I get that same sense that his heart just beats at the same pace no matter what the situation is. It's very unusual. Pretty cool."

Kingery, who started at third base and is ranked as the Phillies' No. 2 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, struck out swinging on four pitches in his first at-bat in the second inning. But he ripped a single to center field in the fourth, barreling a 1-0 fastball from Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz at 108 mph, according to Statcast™.

"Getting that first one out of the way kind of lifts a big weight off your shoulders," Kingery said.

Kingery got the ball. He plans to give it to his parents.

"I think they'd love that," he said.

Video: PHI@ATL: Kingery's family joins the broadcast

Kingery hit another single to center field off Braves reliever Peter Moylan in the eighth. That ball left his bat at 108 mph, as well. He became the first Phillies rookie to have two hits in his debut since Domonic Brown on July 28, 2010. No Phillies rookie has had three hits in his debut since Denny Doyle had three on April 7, 1970.

Kingery, whose natural and best position is second base, had other adventures on the field. He had to run a long way to catch a tough popup in the first inning after moving to the other side of the field in a defensive shift. Freddie Freeman then advanced from first to third on a chopper on the right side of the infield in the eighth because he did not cover third. Freeman later scored the game-tying run.

"That's definitely mine," Kingery said. "More game experience will help me with those situations."

But overall, Kingery's first big league game was a memorable one.

"It's a special moment stepping on the field," Kingery said. "It's something you work for your whole life. It's incredible."

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Kingery celebrates historic deal with home run

Young slugger blown away by 'unbelievable' moment after signing unprecedented extension
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CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Before Sunday, there was no need to worry about the Major League service time for Phillies prospect Scott Kingery. It was almost inevitable that Philadelphia's No. 2 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, would start the regular season in the Minor Leagues so the team could maintain another year of control.

All that was rendered moot on Sunday, when the Phillies inked Kingery to a six-year, $24 million extension, with club options for 2024-26. The deal essentially buys out Kingery's arbitration-eligible years and ensures a spot on the Major League roster for Opening Day, the club officially announced during a press conference at Spectrum Field on Monday morning. Kingery punctuated the announcement by slugging a solo home run in the third inning of the Phillies' 6-3 win over the Pirates at LECOM Park.

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CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Before Sunday, there was no need to worry about the Major League service time for Phillies prospect Scott Kingery. It was almost inevitable that Philadelphia's No. 2 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, would start the regular season in the Minor Leagues so the team could maintain another year of control.

All that was rendered moot on Sunday, when the Phillies inked Kingery to a six-year, $24 million extension, with club options for 2024-26. The deal essentially buys out Kingery's arbitration-eligible years and ensures a spot on the Major League roster for Opening Day, the club officially announced during a press conference at Spectrum Field on Monday morning. Kingery punctuated the announcement by slugging a solo home run in the third inning of the Phillies' 6-3 win over the Pirates at LECOM Park.

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Video: Kingery is poised for a strong debut with Phillies

"It's just unbelievable to be in a moment like this," said Kingery, who spoke in front of a crowd that included many of his teammates, Minor League coaches, parents Tom and Patty and twin brother Sam. "With the guys we've got in this clubhouse, it's a really exciting time. For me, there is a lot of excitement to get up to Philly and get this thing started."

Video: Kingery excited after signing extension with Phillies

Kingery, who got the start at third base and batted third in Monday's win, launched a towering fly ball in the third inning off Pittsburgh starter Trevor Williams that hit the top of the wall in left field, just out of reach of left fielder Corey Dickerson. Kingery showed off some of his other assets after legging out an infield single in the top of the fourth, and he laced a line-drive double in the seventh to raise his batting average to .418.

MLB Pipeline ranked Kingery, a second-round pick out of the University of Arizona in the 2015 Draft, as the 35th overall prospect in all of baseball after he hit .304 with 26 home runs and 29 stolen bases in 132 games between Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

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"This, from an organizational perspective, is the best success story we could have," Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said. "A guy that was drafted by the Phillies, developed through our system and achieves a moment like this through hard work, grit and determination. It is exactly what you want as an organization."

Klentak spoke highly of the 23-year-old and his character, which helped make the decision to offer a near-unprecedented contract that came together quickly over roughly the last week. Kingery's Opening Day status and the start of the his Major League service time clock were never a factor in the negotiations.

"He really forced our hand with the way he played," Klentak said.

Video: PIT@PHI: Kingery tell us a bit about himself

With Cesar Hernandez slated to start the year at second, Kingery's natural position, and Maikel Franco entrenched at third, Kingery will likely fill a super-utility role with the team. Manager Gabe Kapler said that he plans to get Kingery steady playing time at both infield spots and also the occasional start in the outfield. The most important thing is that Kingery's bat will be in the lineup to contribute offensively. Heading into Monday's game, Kingery was tied for the Grapefruit League in hits (20) and for third in total bases (37).

"I'm willing to play anywhere," Kingery said. "Obviously my main position is second base right now, but I just want to get out there with the team right now. If that's the outfield, or anywhere in the infield, I'll work on that."

"Let's be frank here. This works because Scott has the ability and not just the willingness and overall athleticism to move around the diamond," Kapler said. "This requires his teammates to also be flexible and recognize that when Scott's on the field for us at various positions -- and he will play various positions -- that that makes us a better club and gives us an opportunity from the jump."

Video: MLB Tonight on Kingery's six-year deal with Phillies

Kingery is only the second player in history, behind Houston's Jon Singleton, to ever sign an extension of this length without having made his MLB debut. It was the kind of "bold thinking" that Klentak and Kapler are trying to instill in a franchise that lost 96 games last season.

"Phillies fans are going to love this guy. I think they already do, and he hasn't even played a day in the big leagues," Klentak said. "His style of play, his talent, his whole hustle, the way he goes about his business every day is going to be a perfect fit for the city of Philadelphia, our fans and our team."

J. Scott Butherus is a contributor to MLB.com.

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Phils ink Kingery to unprecedented 6-year deal

Club's No. 2 prospect becomes 2nd drafted player in history to sign multiyear contract before MLB debut
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CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Scott Kingery not only made the Opening Day roster, but he guaranteed he will be in a Phillies uniform for a long time.

On Monday, the Phillies introduced Kingery in a news conference after the prospect signed a six-year, $24 million contract Sunday that will carry him through the 2023 season and includes club options for '24-26 that could make the deal worth $65 million, a source told MLB.com.

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Scott Kingery not only made the Opening Day roster, but he guaranteed he will be in a Phillies uniform for a long time.

On Monday, the Phillies introduced Kingery in a news conference after the prospect signed a six-year, $24 million contract Sunday that will carry him through the 2023 season and includes club options for '24-26 that could make the deal worth $65 million, a source told MLB.com.

Video: PIT@PHI: Kingery tell us a bit about himself

"It's unbelievable to be in a moment like this," said Kingery. "Right now, I'm just really excited. With the talented group of guys we've got in this clubhouse, it's a really exciting time, and I think there's something special going on. For me it's a lot of excitement to get up to Philly and get this thing started."

If Kingery becomes a superstar like the Phils believe he will, it will be a marvelous club-friendly deal. Kingery, meanwhile, just became set for life. Kingery's teammates? They believe they just got a whole lot closer to their postseason dreams.

"I'm getting chills just thinking about it," teammate Rhys Hoskins said Sunday. "I'm so excited for this team. It's an exciting day."

Video: MLB Tonight on Kingery's six-year deal with Phillies

In an unprecedented day for the Phillies, Kingery became just the second drafted player in baseball history to sign a multiyear contract before he ever spent a day in the big leagues. Houston's Jon Singleton is the other.

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The Phillies see little risk. They believe Kingery, who is the No. 35 prospect in baseball and the Phils' No. 2 prospect, is that good.

Video: Kingery is poised for a strong debut with Phillies

"This, from an organizational perspective, is the best success story we could have -- a guy that was drafted by the Phillies, developed through our system and achieves a moment like this through hard work and grit and determination," said general manager Matt Klentak. "It is exactly what you want as an organization.

"Phillies fans are going to love this guy. I think they already do, and he hasn't even played a day in the big leagues. His style of play, his talent, his hustle, the way he goes about his business every day is going to be a perfect fit for the City of Philadelphia and our fans and our team. We are absolutely thrilled not only to sign him to this contract but to welcome him to our Opening Day roster."

"He's the kind of guy you make an investment in," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. "He's the kind of character you make an investment in. He's the kind of all-around athlete that you make an investment in. Now, we have leaders in our clubhouse. Guys who we will be working with for years and years to come. They are the right kind of leaders. They post every day. They play their hearts out. They care for their teammates. Guys like Scott, but not just Scott. Rhys Hoskins and Jake Arrieta and Aaron Nola. Our core guys lead by example. And how cool is that? I don't think there are a lot of clubs who can say that."

Kingery's contract creates a fascinating storyline for the 2018 Phils.

Video: BAL@PHI: Kingery gets extension, makes 2018 roster

Simply, how will it work?

A source said the Phillies have no plans to trade Cesar Hernandez, Maikel Franco or any other player to give Kingery more playing time. The Phils believe Kapler can manage the roster effectively enough to keep everybody happy. Hernandez could be the most affected, considering second base is both players' natural position.

"[Kingery] really forced our hand with the way he played [this spring]," said Klentak. "Kap and I talk regularly, we have meetings with the coaches and front office and talk about the best group to bring north, the best team we can put on the field to win every day. Kap talks about that all the time. I know our players talk about it all the time -- putting everybody in the best position to win.

"Scott Kingery puts us in the best position to win. His presence on our roster. As camp progressed, that was becoming more and more clear."

Hernandez said he is not worried about it. Kapler said he shouldn't be.

"We've been discussing it since the offseason with all of our guys who can play multiple positions," Kapler said. "It's an awesome issue to address. And I think it starts with getting guys blows to keep them healthy and strong. We'll do that with guys all over the diamond. Then Scott gets his reps at positions all over the place. At the end of the day, these guys are all going to look up and be like, 'Holy smokes. I played every day, somehow, some way.'"

Video: BAL@PHI: Klentak discusses Kingery, roster decisions

Kapler, who declined to say if Kingery will be in the Opening Day lineup, said he sees Kingery being able to start at six positions: second base, third base, shortstop and the three outfield positions. Kapler added he could see Kingery maybe even starting at first base later this season.

"I think it gives us an opportunity to be healthy and strong not just in April and May, but deep into the season as well," said Kapler. "Let's be frank here. This works because Scott has the ability -- not just the willingness -- and the overall athleticism to move around the diamond. Now this also requires his teammates to also be flexible and recognize that when Scott's on the field at various positions -- and he will play various positions -- that that makes us a better club and gives us a better opportunity from the jump.

"I think we're in a unique position with a bunch of great teammates, a really athletic individual, a very flexibly-minded individual, for all of this to work beautifully. I have no concerns about it."

Video: PHI@MIN: Kingery charges to barehand Granite's bunt

Kingery had been ticketed to open the season in Triple-A because the Phils could guarantee an extra season of team control if they waited until April 13 to promote him.

The contract makes that no longer an issue.

"It wasn't a certain thing for me," said Kingery. "I was just working as hard as I could throughout camp and proving what I could do every time I stepped on the field. It all became a reality just a couple of days ago."

A source told MLB.com that Kingery will make $750,000 this season, $1.25 million in 2019, $1.5 million in '20, $4 million in '21, $6 million in '22 and $8 million in '23. The club options are $13 million in '24, $14 million in '25 and $15 million in '26. The deal includes a $1.5 million signing bonus and a $1 million buyout.

"I think the message is, 'We're ready. We're ready to take a major step forward,'" Kapler said.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Kingery shows versatility by playing third base

Phillies prospect, normally a second baseman, starts at hot corner vs. Twins
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FT. MYERS, Fla. -- Gabe Kapler has made a point this spring to praise Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco for making changes to his swing. But those have been slow to show up in the box score, and it is noteworthy that Scott Kingery started at third base for the first time this spring in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Twins at Hammond Stadium.

Franco opened the Grapefruit League schedule in a 3-for-30 funk before picking up four hits, including two home runs, in 10 at-bats over his last three games. Perhaps it is the beginning of something. Perhaps none of it matters. Regardless, expect to see Kingery more at third base before the end of Spring Training.

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FT. MYERS, Fla. -- Gabe Kapler has made a point this spring to praise Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco for making changes to his swing. But those have been slow to show up in the box score, and it is noteworthy that Scott Kingery started at third base for the first time this spring in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Twins at Hammond Stadium.

Franco opened the Grapefruit League schedule in a 3-for-30 funk before picking up four hits, including two home runs, in 10 at-bats over his last three games. Perhaps it is the beginning of something. Perhaps none of it matters. Regardless, expect to see Kingery more at third base before the end of Spring Training.

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But should Phillies fans expect to see the club's No. 2 prospect at the hot corner in 2018?

"Based on his skill set, I think he could play legitimately everywhere on the diamond and be just fine," Kapler said. "It might take some reps to get him up to speed at various positions, but I don't think there's much that he can't do on a baseball field, athletically."

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Franco will be the Phillies' Opening Day third baseman, and he will have the opportunity to prove himself. Kingery will start the season in Triple-A, and his future remains at second base. But in case anybody has missed it, the Phillies have placed an incredible importance on defensive versatility. That's why Kingery has played second, third, shortstop and center field this spring.

It also is why it is not a stretch to see Kingery playing third base this season, particularly if Franco struggles or suffers an injury. Kingery went 2-for-4 against the Twins and is hitting .378 (14-for-37) with two doubles, three home runs, five RBIs and a 1.086 OPS.

Kapler said he talked with Kingery before the game about what he needs to be ready to play different positions during the season. Kingery said he needed more time in center field and third base.

"Those are things we're going to be optimizing for, going forward," Kapler said.

"It's a lot different than the right side of the field, which I'm used to," Kingery said. "I think it's going to take a little bit more time to get back in the swing of things over there. But I do need the reps over there to get some game experience and start to figure it out."

Kingery fielded two bunt plays differently Sunday. Leading off the second inning, Byron Buxton bunted a ball between the mound and the third-base line. Kingery fielded the ball cleanly, but threw low to first base, allowing Buxton to reach safely for a single.

Video: PHI@MIN: Buxton beats out a bunt single to third base

In the fifth inning, Kingery fielded Zack Granite's bunt up the third-base line with his throwing hand, this time throwing a strike for the out.

"The first one, I kind of stopped and fielded it like a second baseman," Kingery said. "Which, in that situation, you're probably not going to be able to do. The second time, I figured I might as well just keep running and barehand it and get rid of it. The first time I stopped and it kind of threw me off and I wasn't facing first base and I had to rush the throw. The second time was more fluid and I had my momentum going toward first base."

Video: PHI@MIN: Kingery charges to barehand Granite's bunt

Kingery learned something in the span of two innings. He hopes to learn more in the near future.

"I love that they're moving me around and giving me some opportunities at different positions," Kingery said. "It's great to be as versatile as possible. To do that, I'm going to have to get reps at every position."

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Pipeline Q&A: Phillies' JoJo Romero

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CLEARWATER, Fla. -- As part of MLB Pipeline's visit to all 30 Spring Training facilities, we're sitting down with prospects and getting to know them a little better. At Phillies camp, it was Philadelphia's No. 9 prospect, JoJo Romero.

A fourth-round pick in the 2016 Draft out of Yavapai (Ariz.) JC, Romero impressed that summer during his pro debut and then took off in his first full season, garnering midseason All-Star honors in the Class A South Atlantic League before advancing to Class A Advanced Clearwater in late June. Logging 129 innings and 23 starts across the two levels, the 21-year-old left-hander posted a 10-3 record with a 2.16 ERA, 9.0 strikeouts-per-nine innings and a .223 opponents' average.

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- As part of MLB Pipeline's visit to all 30 Spring Training facilities, we're sitting down with prospects and getting to know them a little better. At Phillies camp, it was Philadelphia's No. 9 prospect, JoJo Romero.

A fourth-round pick in the 2016 Draft out of Yavapai (Ariz.) JC, Romero impressed that summer during his pro debut and then took off in his first full season, garnering midseason All-Star honors in the Class A South Atlantic League before advancing to Class A Advanced Clearwater in late June. Logging 129 innings and 23 starts across the two levels, the 21-year-old left-hander posted a 10-3 record with a 2.16 ERA, 9.0 strikeouts-per-nine innings and a .223 opponents' average.

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MLB Pipeline: Every site I checked had "JoJo" listed as your first name. Is that truly your first name or nickname?

JoJo Romero: It's Joseph, but in the baseball world, it's JoJo. My grandpa, he's from Mexico, so saying "Joseph" was hard for him, because in Spanish the J's are Y's. So on one of my birthdays -- I think my maybe my fourth or fifth -- he got me a cake with my name on it, spelled "YoYo." That's the real origin.

MLB Pipeline: So you went undrafted out of high school, attended Nevada for one year and then transferred to Yavapai (Ariz.) JC before going to the Phillies in the fourth round in 2016. What happened between high school and pro ball that helped get you to where you are now?

Romero: One of the first things I did after not being drafted was print out a whole list of guys who were that year. I kept that in my locker for inspiration. The Division I level was helpful, but where I really grew was at Yavapai. A lot of the guys there looked up to me because I was a DI guy and had more tools, so they asked me a lot of questions and that helped me to develop into a leader.

MLB Pipeline: Things seemed to click for you in your first full season between Lakewood and Clearwater. What were your takeaways from the year?

Romero: The biggest thing for me was that I was trying to work on developing myself as a pitcher from a professional standpoint. My first season, well half-season, after I was drafted, I think I finished with about 160 innings between college and pro ball. Last year I was able to really work on my craft, which is getting a lot of ground-ball outs, which I succeeded in doing.

MLB Pipeline: Speaking of Lakewood and Clearwater, you were part of some impressive starting rotations at both levels. What was the environment and competitiveness like on those staffs?

Romero: Oh man, it was great. We all pushed each other with the continued success we had, and I think that's the biggest thing about why this organization is so successful. We have so much young talent that does very well, and it creates a competitive drive amongst ourselves.

MLB Pipeline: Is there anything specific you're working on in camp this spring? What are your goals for the 2018 season?

Romero: In camp right now, I'm just working on developing a good routine. I built up a nice innings count in my first full year, so I'm trying to establish a nice routine based off that year and performance that I can take into the next year and hopefully go as far as I can go.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

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Pipeline report: Phillies camp

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Every Spring Training, prospects get a chance to show what they can do as they prepare for the upcoming season. Some compete for jobs in big league camp, while others vie for spots on Minor League affiliates. MLB Pipeline will visit all 30 camps this spring, and today we check in on the Phillies.

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- After years spent bolstering their farm system through strong drafting, key international signing and acquiring young talent in trades, the fruits of the Philadelphia Phillies' rebuilding efforts finally began to show in 2017 with the arrival of several key prospects.

Every Spring Training, prospects get a chance to show what they can do as they prepare for the upcoming season. Some compete for jobs in big league camp, while others vie for spots on Minor League affiliates. MLB Pipeline will visit all 30 camps this spring, and today we check in on the Phillies.

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- After years spent bolstering their farm system through strong drafting, key international signing and acquiring young talent in trades, the fruits of the Philadelphia Phillies' rebuilding efforts finally began to show in 2017 with the arrival of several key prospects.

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Slugger Rhys Hoskins made his debut in August and quickly took the big leagues by storm, hitting 18 home runs in 50 games down the stretch after connecting on 29 with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Hoskins' performance, along with the arrival and subsequent success had by current No. 37 overall prospect J.P. Crawford (Phillies' No. 3) in September, marked a turning point in the organization, signaling the beginning of a youth movement that will continue in 2018 with the inevitable debut of No. 35 overall prospect Scott Kingery (Phillies' No. 2).

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But with Hoskins, Crawford and Kingery -- as well as catcher Jorge Alfaro (Phillies' No. 7) and former prospect Nick Williams -- now set to fuel Philly's turnaround at the Major League level, the focus within the organization has shifted to its next wave of talent. It's a group that's absolutely teeming with high-upside pitching prospects, headlined by 19-year-old right-hander Sixto Sanchez, the club's top-ranked prospect and No. 26 on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 list, and featuring five other hurlers ranked in the top half of the club's Top 30 list.

Outside of Sanchez, no pitching prospect in the system has shown as much promise as No. 86 overall prospect Adonis Medina (Phillies' No. 4). The right-hander put himself on the map with a breakout full-season debut at age 20 in 2017, showing a combination of high-octane stuff and feel that led to a 3.01 ERA with 133 strikeouts and 39 walks in 119 2/3 innings (22 starts)

"Yeah, he's a guy," Phillies farm director Joe Jordan said. "He just has a lot of talent and ability that's up there with the best in our system. With a lot of young guys, it's all about repeating the delivery. Once they can do that, the rest can fall into place. I think that's what started to happen last year [with Medina]. He has all the tools. It's just a matter of being consistent and getting experience."

Also standing out in his first full season was left-hander JoJo Romero (Phillies' No. 9), the club's fourth-round pick in the 2016 Draft. He was a midseason All-Star in the Class A South Atlantic League before advancing to Class A Advanced Clearwater in late June. Between the two levels, Romero, 21, posted a 10-3 record with a 2.16 ERA, 9.0 strikeouts-per-nine innings and a .223 opponents' average while totaling 129 innings and 23 starts.

"When [JoJo] is right, he's pretty close to a complete pitcher," said Jordan. "He has weapons to get out right- and left-handed hitters, keep the ball on the ground, strike a guy out -- you name it. I think the thing he did really well last year was learning how to use his weapons; he understood how each pitch impacted the next one. That's all he needs to do, continue to grow with his ability to use his stuff."

High hopes for first-rounder Haseley

The 2017 Draft marked the second time in as many years that the Phillies used their first-round pick on sweet-swinging outfielder. After taking prep Mickey Moniak with the No. 1 overall pick in 2016, the Phils selected Virginia product Adam Haseley with the No. 8 pick last June. Though Haseley was a two-way standout at Virginia who saw success on both sides of the ball, the Phillies envisioned him as an outfielder when they drafted him, and they have him deployed him in that role exclusively in pro ball.

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Even after a long and grueling college season, Haseley, the club's No. 5 prospect (No. 95 overall), performed well in his pro debut, posting a .284/.357/.405 slashline with 18 extra-base hits across three levels, including Class A Lakewood. The Phillies believe that the left-handed hitter's performance was merely a taste of his potential, and they expect big things from him moving forward.

"I've been on the scouting side for 15 years and this is my seventh year as a farm director here, and very seldom do you see the full version of a college player that first summer after the Draft -- especially one who pitched and played a position. We didn't see Adam at his full strength last summer," Jordan said.

"I know he's had a good and productive offseason, because he spent most of it [in Clearwater] adding strength. This is the first chance he's had to prepare to be a position player, maybe ever. So I think he's going to have a really good year. He has the hitting gene."

Camp standouts

The Phillies appear to have found a late-round steal in Kyle Young (Phillies' No. 21), a 6-foot-10 left-hander whom they plucked from the Long Island prep ranks in the 22nd round of the 2016 Draft. Given his tall, slender frame and long levers, the club knew that he likely would be a project on the mound, albeit one with considerable upside if everything happened to click.

That's exactly what transpired for Young last season, as he proved more advanced than initially thought en route to posting a 2.77 ERA with 72 strikeouts and an excellent ground-ball rate over 65 innings (13 starts) in the Class A Short-Season New York-Penn League.

That progress has followed Young into Phillies Minor League camp, with Jordan pegging the lanky southpaw as one of their early standouts this spring.

"Kyle is able to do things that most guys that size can't, things some 6-footers can't. He can repeat his delivery and can throw strikes with three pitches," Jordan said.

"He spent two winters here, coming in early both offseasons. I think he's probably 20-30 pounds stronger than when he signed. We tried to go slow with him to make sure he added some strength before the reins came off. We're going to take the reins off a little bit this year, he's earned that and given us the confidence to do so."

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

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Kingery happy to move around diamond

Philly's No. 2 prospect could challenge for starting role at 2B, SS, 3B or OF
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Scott Kingery has heard the comparison before. He still smiled when a reporter mentioned it to him after Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Braves.

In stature, in swing path, in baseball savvy, in determination to prove doubters wrong -- he reminds people of Dustin Pedroia. 

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Scott Kingery has heard the comparison before. He still smiled when a reporter mentioned it to him after Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Braves.

In stature, in swing path, in baseball savvy, in determination to prove doubters wrong -- he reminds people of Dustin Pedroia. 

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"Obviously, it's an honor just to be put in the same sentence as him," Kingery said. "I haven't even reached the Major Leagues. He's had MVP awards, Rookie of the Year [Awards]. It's tough to compare me to him. But it's a great compliment to even be put in the same sentence. Hopefully one day I can show signs of him.

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"I think it's more [our] small stature. He played in Arizona for college [at Arizona State]. I played in Arizona for college [at the University of Arizona]. The two get put together."

Any issue being linked to a Sun Devil?

"It doesn't bother me that much," a grinning Kingery said. "I grew up a Sun Devil fan, but unfortunately I didn't get an offer there. So I went down to Tucson and tried to make ASU pay every chance I could get."

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Having settled that score, the 23-year-old Kingery is close to Major League-ready as a hitter, if he's not there already. Now the Phillies need a place to play him. Kingery has played second base almost exclusively in the Minor Leagues, but the Phils have Cesar Hernandez there. Kingery has shown promising instincts in center field, where Odubel Herrera is under contract through 2021. Wednesday, Kingery played three defensive innings at shortstop -- where fellow 23-year-old J.P. Crawford is an above-average defender.

"The mission with Kingery is to move him around the diamond and give him every opportunity to be on our Major League club, as soon as possible," manager Gabe Kapler said.

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As soon as Opening Day? Probably not. Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said in a telephone interview Wednesday that he expects Kingery to begin the season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

"We have to remind ourselves and everybody: He has only about two months of Triple-A experience," Klentak said. "As exciting as the offseason has been, and as hopeful as we are that we're going to take a step forward this year, we still need to do the right thing for a player's individual development. And that will likely mean he starts the year at Triple-A. But if he gets off to the type of start he's capable of, he doesn't have to be there long."

Last season, a swing adjustment -- with launch angle in mind -- helped Kingery hit 26 home runs between Double-A and Triple-A, an extraordinary increase over the five long balls he hit in 2016. He's carried the same approach into Spring Training, with attention-grabbing results: After Wednesday's 2-for-2 performance, he has a 1.219 OPS with three homers in 13 Grapefruit League games.

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Kapler was impressed with Kingery's two plate appearances against the Braves -- for different reasons. In the seventh inning, Kingery worked a 3-1 count, sat on a fastball, and throttled a ground-rule double to left. In the ninth, he fell behind 1-2, but fisted a two-seamer into center and put the tying run aboard.

"The second at-bat was really interesting, because it's an indication of his consistent angles and the way the ball comes off the bat," Kapler said. "When he drives the baseball, he gets it in the air. When he gets beat with the baseball, it lands on the outfield grass. He's just been very consistent across the board.

"We had talked about working longer at-bats, seeing pitches, fighting off tough pitches. He's done that. He's barreled up the baseball. He's used the whole field. You've seen home runs to the opposite field. You've seen him drive the ball in the gap to left-center field.

"Pop. Speed on the bases. Defense. Excellent at turning it at second base. He's been off the charts."

Video: TOR@PHI: Kingery robs Pillar of single with nice play

Other than that, not much to see here.

For good measure, Kingery made the most dazzling defensive play of Wednesday's game: Playing to the right side of second base in a shift against the left-handed-hitting Preston Tucker, Kingery sprinted after a windblown fly ball and made a lunging, tumbling catch in shallow right.

"That ball just kept carrying," Kingery said. "Originally, off the bat, I thought it was going to be on the infield. But it kept getting a little bit [further] away from me. At the last second, I kind of reached out, and reaching out that far brought me to the ground.

"If I see a ball in the air, I'm trying to go get it until I hear someone call me off. If I don't hear anybody, I'm going to go after it."

On the subject of comparisons, here's another to consider: Ben Zobrist, one of Kapler's former Rays teammates. Zobrist arrived in the Majors as a shortstop but has made three All-Star teams and won two World Series rings because of an ability to start games at every defensive position except pitcher and catcher.

"[Zobrist] was a great example," Kapler said. "Kingery has that kind of athleticism. He's the kind of guy you want at the top of your lineup. There's other examples of guys who have gotten to the big leagues because of their willingness to move around the diamond. [Kingery is] beyond cooperative.

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"The example I'd use is Cody Bellinger and his willingness to move to the outfield -- just so if anything opened up at the Major League level, he could slide in. [The Dodgers had] Adrian Gonzalez at first base. Difficult to break into the big leagues at that point, but there was more opportunity if he could play multiple positions.

"[Bellinger was] a Gold Glove-caliber first baseman who had that level of athleticism. And we said, 'Why can't he play center field?' And he said, 'Why can't I play center field?' Scotty has an ambitious attitude toward moving around the diamond [too]."

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Kapler, of course, was running the Dodgers' farm system last season when Bellinger debuted with Los Angeles as a 21-year-old left fielder.

The date of that promotion? April 25. Now let's see how long it takes Kingery to arrive -- position to be named later.

Jon Paul Morosi is a reporter for MLB.com.

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Inbox: Will Kingery be on Phillies' OD roster?

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So when could we see Scott Kingery in the big leagues? It would be too sweet to see him in a Phillies uniform on Opening Day. He is the man.
-- Matt B., Torresdale, Pa.

Kingery -- the Phillies' No. 2 prospect -- is impressing everybody once again this spring, and there is little question he is a big leaguer. But there is a legitimate reason that he will not open with the team, and it is a reason Kingery himself understands.

So when could we see Scott Kingery in the big leagues? It would be too sweet to see him in a Phillies uniform on Opening Day. He is the man.
-- Matt B., Torresdale, Pa.

Kingery -- the Phillies' No. 2 prospect -- is impressing everybody once again this spring, and there is little question he is a big leaguer. But there is a legitimate reason that he will not open with the team, and it is a reason Kingery himself understands.

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If Kingery is promoted on April 13 or later, Philadelphia guarantees an extra season of team control. In other words, Kingery cannot become a free agent until 2024. But by opening the season with the Phils, he can become a free agent in '23.

If you believe that Kingery is a future superstar, you want the Phillies to have that extra season of control.

If you believe that Kingery is a future superstar, but you still want him on the Opening Day roster, essentially giving up one year for two weeks, then I'm not sure what to tell you. I have been reminded that the Phillies could sign Kingery to an extension at some point, making that extra season before free agency moot. The Phils have a track record of doing that (with Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Cole Hamels). But that is not a lock. It is only a possibility. Perhaps at some point the Nationals and Orioles thought they might be able to sign Bryce Harper and Manny Machado to contract extensions before they hit free agency. Instead, they will be able to test the market after the season.

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So when could we see Kingery? It might not be April 13, but there are a few scenarios that make sense. First, Kingery could be promoted because of an injury. Second, he might be promoted because somebody is struggling. For example, while Kingery's long-term future is at second base, it would not be crazy to see him playing third base in the short term, if Maikel Franco is struggling. Third, while the Phillies love Cesar Hernandez (.294 batting average, .372 on-base percentage, .778 OPS the past two seasons), they could trade him for starting pitching help before the end of July.

Then, of course, the job would be Kingery's.

Kingery will get his shot, just like Rhys Hoskins, just like Nick Williams, just like Jorge Alfaro, just like J.P. Crawford. But putting Kingery on the Opening Day roster would not be a smart decision by the Phils. They know better.

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'16 top pick Moniak welcomes taste of Majors

Phillies' No. 5 prospect motivated after tough first full pro season
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CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Mickey Moniak had what he hopes will be a glimpse into the future on Saturday.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 Draft joined the Phillies in the home portion of its split-squad day in a game against Baltimore.

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CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Mickey Moniak had what he hopes will be a glimpse into the future on Saturday.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 Draft joined the Phillies in the home portion of its split-squad day in a game against Baltimore.

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Though he did not play and was only listed as a reserve, the time spent amongst established veterans and exciting young players hoping to make the Opening Day roster was invaluable.

"The message to Moniak is that it's great to get your feet wet and just be around the Major League players, in that Major League clubhouse and in that Major League dugout," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. "That's a great first step. It doesn't need to be a big moment on the field -- just feel confident and comfortable in the environment. Mickey was able to accomplish that task today."

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Moniak said he found out Friday that he would be with the team, and he has been working on getting acclimated to the Florida climate for the past two weeks in preparation for Minor League camp following a productive offseason.

"I've worked hard to maintain my body and make sure that it's ready for 140 games," Moniak said. "Just to get mentally ready for 140 games is a huge thing for me."

He added that Kapler has been helpful in guiding him about how to conduct himself.

"Just keep working hard, because they're going to have their eyes on me," Moniak said was Kapler's message. "Play hard, work hard and good things will happen. He's an intense guy and it's awesome."

Moniak didn't waste any time in showing what he could do in 2016, playing for the Phillies' Rookie Level team in the Gulf Coast League. In 46 games, Moniak hit .284 with 16 extra-base hits while posting a .340 on-base percentage.

However, 2017 wasn't as kind.

Playing for Class A Lakewood, Moniak's offensive output tailed off in his first full season in the pros, as he went just .236/.284/.341.

"I'm actually grateful for last season, because it's the first time in my life that I had to bear down after struggling for a while," Moniak said. "I definitely learned a lot about myself. Preparing my body for 140 games -- I did a better job of it this year. There was some good, there was some bad, but I'm excited for this year."

Despite the rough year, Moniak is still considered to be a large part of Philadelphia's future plans. He helps bolster a deep farm system which is ranked fifth by MLB Pipeline. Moniak, who is just 19, is ranked No. 88 in all of baseball. Last year, he was ranked No. 19. He's the Phils' No. 5 prospect after finishing 2017 as the club's No. 1 prospect.

He embraced the slide in the rankings.

"I'm kind of happy about that," Moniak said. "Leading up to the Draft, people didn't buy into what I was as a baseball player, and right now, people aren't fully sold on me, so I'm definitely using that as fuel. I'm excited for this year."

Greg Zeck is a contributor to MLB.com.

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