Locked On Phillies 4/9: What now at second base?

Cesar Hernandez and Scott Kingery could be competing for time at second base. (Ian D’Andrea)

In the April 9 edition of Locked On Phillies, host Tim Kelly breaks down the Phillies Monday evening win over the Washington Nationals, including the performances of Rhys Hoskins and Vince Velasquez.

Later in the episode, Kelly examines the Phillies second base situation after Scott Kingery went 2-4 Monday night with a struggling Cesar Hernandez getting a night off.

Locked On Phillies is a daily Phillies podcast hosted by Tim Kelly that’s part of the Locked On Podcast Network. You can listen and download Locked On Phillies on the new podcasting app Himalaya, as well as Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify.


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  1. czontixhldr

    April 9, 2019 at 1:19 am

    Sorry, but if anyone thinks that Kingery having one decent game (in which one of the hits could have been ruled an error) is the reason to replace Cesar, then count me out of that unserious discussion.

    • Austin Amarka

      April 9, 2019 at 9:26 am

      Agreed. This is ridiculous. I’ll let PN in on a little secret. Maikel Franco isn’t going to end the season with 178 RBIs and Bryce Harper won’t finish up with an OBP over .500. Aaron Nola won’t finish the year with a 7.00 ERA and Cesar Hernandez and J.T. Realmuto also won’t be hitting under .200 in September. To even suggest that Kingery is a better player than Hernandez based on last night is insane – especially when Kingery is fresh off one of the worst rookie seasons in history.

      • GoPhils

        April 9, 2019 at 5:24 pm

        Certainly Scotty struggled last year but to call it one of the worst rookie season in history is ridiculous!

        • schmenkman

          April 10, 2019 at 2:57 pm

          There’s some hyperbole there, but let’s see where he ranks:

          Since 2000 there have been 291 rookie seasons with 400+ plate appearances. Out of those 291 rookie seasons, Kingery’s 2018 ranked…

          277th in average
          286th in OBP
          276th in SLG%

          Overall hitting:

          282nd in OPS

  2. betasigmadeltashag

    April 9, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    I don’t think Kingery is better then Hernandez right now. But I do think that at some point you have to let Kingery play and see if he can play in the majors. Last season not withstanding. Especially with this offense, you can let your 7/8 hitter struggle a little to see if has learned from his experience of last year. I think the kid can play and with the right coaching can become a good hitter and player in this league. Let him play at his natural position at 2nd base for 8-10 games in a row. Still a small sample but you may see some improvement. In my opinion I think the approach that Kapler promotes may have been detrimental to Kingery’s ABs. They paid the kid at some point you have to see if he can play

    • johnnyeagle

      April 11, 2019 at 8:18 am

      Since the Phillies are trying to win this year it is not the time to see what Kingery can do at the expense of a better player. Just my humble opinion.

      • Matthew Veasey

        April 11, 2019 at 2:15 pm

        The debate would be, who is the better player? I disagree, and have for a year now, that Cesar Hernandez is a demonstrably better player. He has been a starter for 3-4 years now and never shown that he can be an impact player for a contending team. Kingery’s minor league production and scouting reports suggest that he can be one, if given a full shot to play every day at his natural, comfortable position like every other starter. Reasonable folks can disagree – and we’ll never know if I am right until Kingery is actually given the job.

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