That’s the way Phillies 1B/3B Mitch Walding must feel after seeing this caption over his photo:
Oct 13, 2016; Peoria, AZ, USA; Scottsdale Scorpions outfielder Hunter Cole (26) of the San Francisco Giants celebrates with teammate Scott Kingery of the Philadelphia Phillies after hitting a home run against the Peoria Javelinas during an Arizona Fall League game at Peoria Sports Complex. [Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY]
Of course Kingery is listed at 5’10” compared to Walding’s 6’3″ and wears #6 not #31, but otherwise the resemblance between the two is striking.
Nevertheless, the article from which this photo is snatched in That Ball’s Outta Here is excellent, and here is its essence: regarding the AFL:
“In the Arizona League, second baseman and TBOH No. 10 prospect Scott Kingery has not fared well so far. In six games, he has just four hits in 22 at-bats. Just one hit went for a double and Kingery has a .445 OPS. Outfielder Aaron Brown, who split 2016 between High-A Clearwater and Double-A Reading, does have one home run, one double, and four RBI. However, he has just one other hit in 18 at-bats and a .167 average.
Meanwhile, third baseman Mitch Walding is off to a hot start. He already has six hits in six games, including a double and a triple. His .855 OPS is fourth on the Scottsdale Scorpions.
On the mound, rigthty Victor Arano hasn’t continued his success from the regular season. In three appearances, he’s walked four batters and has a 5.40 ERA. Miguel Nunez hasn’t been much better, posting a 2.00 WHIP in four innings but only allowing one earned run. Jeff Singer, who was recently signed to a minor-league contract, has performed rather well in the Arizona Fall League. In four appearances and 5.2 innings, the Cinnaminson, N.J. native has not allowed a run and just three hits.”
Singer is an interesting choice for the Fall League. He’s technically not a Cinnaminson, N.J. native, having been born in Philadelphia, but moved there at age three so it’s close enough. Singer is definitely a Jersey guy, playing ball at Gloucester County College (now Rowan College at Gloucester County) for two years before going to Monmouth University for a year and finishing up at Rutgers-Camden.
What is more interesting is that when the AFL rosters were first announced, Singer’s name wasn’t on the roster. He took the place of pitcher Brandon Leibrandt (son of former major league pitcher Charlie Liebrandt), whose minor league numbers were much better than Singer’s, but no reason was given. There’s always a bit of intrigue in the AFL, even when Kyle Schwarber doesn’t make a cameo appearance …