Happening Now: Scott Kingery, Jetpax SZN has officially returned to Lehigh Valley
I am very happy to inform the loyal readers of The Liberty Line that the Scott Kingery Revenge Tour is officially underway in Lehigh Valley.
Listen, everyone knows how much I love “Jetpax SZN” and I have waited nearly a month and a half before writing an article on why Scott Kingery should be in a Phillies uniform.
I was nervous about jumping the gun, but the numbers are just too good to ignore at this point and honestly, I really don’t see any reason why Kingery shouldn’t be on the 40-man roster and in a Phillies uniform after the MLB All-Star break.
Now is the time.
This season with Triple A Lehigh Valley, Kingery has slashed .277/.353/.822 with 11 home runs, 30 RBI, and 18 stolen bases.
Over his last 28 games, Kingery has been on fire. He’s averaging .330 with six home runs, 17 RBI, and four stolen bases. He has nine doubles while carrying a .617 slugging percentage and a 1.013 OPS.
June (21 Games): .343 AVG with a .754 OPS. 24 Hits, 7 Doubles, and 3 Home Runs, 9 RBI.
Kingery hasn’t slowed down in the month July either. Through the first seven games this month, Kingery is batting .292 with a 1.083 OPS. He has seven hits in 24 at-bats with three doubles, two triples, and three home runs and 8 RBI.
Scott Kingery over Josh Harrison is the correct choice
As we all know, Kingery can play literally anywhere on the baseball field and you would have to think that he’s a better option than whatever Josh Harrison provided through the first half of the MLB season.
Harrison is batting a miserable .219 with a .587 OPS on the season. He has just 21 hits, two home runs, and 10 RBI in 96 at-bats. He signed a 1-year, $2 million contract with the Phillies at the start of the 2023 season and honestly, there’s really no reason to keep him around with that type of production.
As for Kingery, he’s making $8 million this season and just sitting in Triple A Lehigh Valley, while finally playing good baseball. He’s under contract through the 2026 season, with the next three seasons including Club Options and a $1 million buyout.
I understand the organization may be down on Kingery. He failed to live up to expectations and dealt with his fair share of injuries, a bad COVID spell, and a group of coaches who tried to turn him into a power hitter instead of what he was truly great at when the Phillies drafted him in 2018.
If Kingery is going to continue to light up the minor leagues, then the Phillies need to bring him up and have him contribute off the bench as a utility man for this ball club the second half of the 2023 season.
Take a gamble that he’s better than washed up veteran Josh Harrison and maybe this fanbase will finally see what Jetpax SZN was supposed to be since it’s start in 2018.