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Joe Girardi wants Scott Kingery to play one position this season


Second base is just one position that Scott Kingery is capable of playing. (Peter Joneleit/Icon Sportswire)

Scott Kingery has played seven positions in his two seasons as a Philadelphia Phillie. He has made appearances at shortstop, second base, third base, left field, center field, right field and even pitched in one game, putting his own spin on what could be defined as the “super-utility” role.

However, new manager Joe Girardi may have different plans for the 25-year-old going forward.

Girardi voiced his preference to have Kingery stick with one defensive position as opposed to moving all over the diamond during the Baseballtown Caravan at the Crowne Plaza Reading on Tuesday. He was asked about Kingery by a fan during a question and answer session, prompting the manager to say that a set position could be what is best for the player.

Girardi went on to say that he still does not know what that position will be for Kingery come Opening Day. With the addition of Didi Gregorius, shortstop seems to be locked up. The departures of Maikel Franco and César Hernández, along with Brad Miller remaining unsigned, mean that second and third base remain open spots in the lineup. It is likely that Kingery and last season’s shortstop Jean Segura will be the Opening Day second baseman and third baseman, but it is still not clear who will play where.

In an interview on the SportsRadio 94 WIP Morning Show on Thursday, Girardi spoke about finding the right positions for both Kingery and Segura. He noted that they will need to find the positions that make the infield the best as a whole versus making a certain player most comfortable.

“We’re going to kind of do some trial and error in Spring Training and see what our best infield is,” he said. “…It’s the sum of all the parts together that I’m most concerned about.”

While Kingery may not know exactly where he will be playing in the field this season, it looks like he can expect to be in one spot consistently. Girardi wants Kingery to know exactly where he will be every day in hopes that he can find more consistency offensively.

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5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Terry Meehan

    January 24, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    He will be the 2nd baseman. Segura to be traded for Robby Ray.

    Get it done.

    • Lee Washington

      January 24, 2020 at 3:30 pm

      That makes sense,,
      Trade the 280 hitter,,
      Keep the 258 hitter,,
      Philly Logic at it’s worse,,
      Explains the numerous 500 and under years,,,

      • Andrew

        January 24, 2020 at 8:40 pm

        Nope. Trading the expensive, 1.7 WAR player while keeping the cheaper, younger, 3.0 WAR player is what Terry was saying. Don’t bash others if you don’t know what you’re talking about. Move along…

  2. Bob

    January 25, 2020 at 8:54 am

    Yeah, Lee. There are far better examples of a Philadelphian’s lapse in judgement. Clean it up! Go Phils

  3. Lou

    January 25, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    Why would AZ trade Ray…they had Segura and moved on from him. Been there done that!

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