School: Arizona; Class: Junior
Position: 2B; B/T: R/R
Height: 5-11; Weight: 175
Previously Drafted: N/A
Background: One of the better prep players to get bypassed in the draft a couple years ago, Kingery was named a First Team All-American by Louisville Slugger and a Second Team All-American by Baseball America for slugging .485 with eight homeruns, 36 RBIs, and 12 stolen bases.
Kingery appeared in 41 games for the Wildcats as a true freshman in 2013, posting a solid .261/.374/.357 triple-slash line with an impressive – for a freshman – 17-to-20 strikeout-to-walk ratio. His draft stock started to rise the following year as he had a coming out party of sorts, mashing to the tune of .354/.456/.467 with 11 double, fou triples, one homerun, and 19 stolen bases. He carried that production over into the Cape Cod Summer League as well, hitting .312/.400/.416 with the Brewster White Caps.
This year, however, with some added pressure as being named on multiple Preseason All-American Lists, Kingery owns the single most impressive triple-slash line in college baseball – at any level. He’s sporting an absurd .467/.500/.715 mark while already setting career highs in nearly every offensive category – despite appearing in 23 fewer games than the previous season (as of May 15th).
Projection: Let’s just put this into perspective a bit. Consider the following comparison:
A few things to note, obviously:
- Bryant averaged a homerun every 7.4 at bats that season; Kingery has averaged a dinger every 34.25 at bats.
- And just like Bryant’s home field in Nevada, Kingery spends a lot of his time in an incredibly offensive-friendly environment.
Kingery spent his first two seasons with the Wildcats showcasing a better-than-average eye at the plate, but he’s showing far less patience this season, walking in just over 5% of his trips to the plate. That number will likely jump back up to around 7.5% to 8.0% in the professional ranks.
A little bit of speed, not a whole lot of power despite the .515 career slugging percentage, but a strong hit tool.
In terms of absolute upside, think Dustin Pedroia 2014 – .278/.337/.376. Roughly a league-average offensive performer, but that comes with the risk of his production being so inflated by his home park.
Ceiling: 1.5- to 2.0-win player
Floor: 1.0-win player
Photo Courtesy of Jason Bartel via azdesertswarm.com.