Phillies fans have long been clamoring for Scott Kingery to join the big leagues, and while that may not happen this year, his play hasn't gone unnoticed.
Kingery and right-handed pitcher Tom Eshelman have been named the Phillies' 2017 Paul Owens award recipients, given to the organization's top minor league player and pitcher.
A white-hot start at Double A quickly earned Kingery a promotion to Lehigh Valley in June. Overall, the second baseman is hitting .304 with 26 homers, 65 RBIs, 29 stolen bases and 103 runs scored in 132 total games.
The 2015 second-round pick participated in the All-Star Futures Game in July.
"Scott showed the ability to be an impactful everyday player on both sides of the ball, and that is the most exciting thing," said Joe Jordan, the Phillies Director of Player Development. "The power showed up this season, and he wins as many games on the defensive side as the offensive side. That, and his energetic style of play, makes him an exciting young player with a very bright future with the Phillies."
Eshelman, a piece in the Ken Giles trade with Houston, has developed into one of the Phillies' premier pitching prospects, going 13-3 with a 2.40 ERA between Reading and Lehigh Valley. In 150 innings pitched, the 23-year-old has held opponents to a .223 batting average, while leading all Phillies' minor league pitchers in strikeout (102) to walk (18) ratio (5.67). In 23 starts, Eshelman never walked more than one batter per game.
"Tom was a model of consistency for the entire 2017 season," Jordan said. "His ability to execute pitches is truly special and his ability to command the baseball is going to allow him to be a meaningful rotation piece for our major league club going forward."
In 18 Triple A games, Eshelman allowed one run or less in 10 starts, including six scoreless outings, en route to an All-Star bid. His 2.23 ERA in Triple A ranked second in the International League.