You Can't Measure Heart

May 22, 2017
By: Steve Degler

From a physical standpoint, Phillies prospects Dylan Cozens and Scott Kingery will never be confused. Cozens is 6-6/245 and was recruited to play defensive end in college. Kingery is 5-10/180 and was barely recruited to play baseball in college. But the smaller one is putting on a power display in Reading that is reminiscent of Cozens last season.

Entering the 2017 season, Kingery had hit eight home runs in 197 professional games and he never went deep twice in the same game. After 37 games this year, the University of Arizona product has connected on an Eastern League-leading 13 homers. Twice in a span of three days he hit two home runs in the same game.

He is ahead of Cozens’ record-setting pace from his 40-homer season in Reading last year. Even if the new found power doesn’t last, Kingery is still an exceptional prospect in the Phillies organization. He also leads the Eastern League in runs scored and triples. He has made only one error at second base this season and he hasn’t been caught in nine stolen base attempts.

Kingery is from Phoenix, AZ. He is a fan of diminutive Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia. Kingery would go to watch Pedroia play at Arizona State in nearby Tempe. Like Pedroia, Kingery is a baseball player. That is a huge compliment in the game. They both play extremely hard and can help their teams win is so many ways. It doesn’t matter how tall they are. You can’t measure heart and desire.

Baseball America ranks Kingery as the ninth-best prospect in the Phillies organization. He made a lot of noise with his play in big league spring training back in March. He’s making a lot of noise around the Eastern League these days as well. It won’t be the last time we hear from him.
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