So instead of delaying the start to his major-league career in order to prevent his free-agent eligibility, they simply made a decision to give him a six-year contract that will take him at least through the 2023 season and likely beyond.
According to multiple reports, Kingery's new contract comes with $24 million dollars guaranteed. Played in the 2006 Little League World Series... Last season, Kingery appeared in 132 combined games between double-A Reading and triple-A Lehigh Valley, slashing.304/.359/.530 with 26 home runs, 29 doubles, eight triples and 29 stolen bases.
A second-round pick in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft, Kingery hit.304 with 26 home runs and 65 RBI splitting team between Double-A and Triple-A last season. By locking him up now, the Phillies can ensure that Kingery will be given every opportunity to see the field early and often this season and build upon his promising 2017 campaign in the big league.More news: Mnuchin urges Congress to give Trump unconstitutional line-item veto
Well, the Phillies announced their decision on Sunday. and while it wasn't what anyone was expecting, it should keep the talented 23-year-old prospect in red pinstripes for quite some time. Kingery went into Sunday's exhibition game against Baltimore hitting.392 with a team-high 20 hits in as many games.
And while it's only the first of 152 games the team will play this year, for Kapler, Kingery and the rest of the 2018 squad, it makes the start of the next chapter in Philadelphia Phillies history. He was a second-round pick in the 2015 draft from UA. Kingery is now ranked by MLB.com as the 35th-best prospect in baseball and the number two prospect in the Phillies minor league system.