Phillies sign top prospect Scott Kingery with options running through 2026

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

The Philadelphia Phillies have signed top prospect Scott Kingery to a six-year contract through the 2023 season.

The deal, which was announced Sunday, includes three club options for the 2024, 2025 and 2026 seasons.

The deal is worth $24 million in guaranteed money, according to multiple reports. The value of the deal was first reported by FanRag Sports.

A source told ESPN's Jerry Crasnick that the three option years are worth $42 million combined ($13 million in 2024, $14 million in 2025 and $15 million in 2026), meaning the deal could be worth up to $66 million.

Kingery's contract gives him the most guaranteed money ever for an amateur drafted player who has never played in the major leagues. It surpasses the $10 million guarantee that first baseman Jon Singleton received when he signed a multiyear contract with the Houston Astros in June 2014.

In 2008, Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays signed a six-year, $17.5 million contract extension after only six games in the big leagues.

Kingery, who recently was rated by ESPN's Keith Law as the No. 33 overall prospect in baseball, is batting .392 with four home runs this spring as he competes for a spot on the Phillies' major league roster.

Kingery will make the Phillies' 25-man roster to start the season, a source told ESPN, confirming multiple reports, and likely will serve in a super utility role, playing multiple positions.

Kingery, 23, primarily has played second base in the minors but has been used at third base and in the outfield this spring for the Phillies. The former second-round draft pick batted .304 with 26 home runs, 65 RBIs and 29 stolen bases last season in 132 games combined at Triple-A Lehigh Valley and Double-A Reading.