Scottsdale, Arizona is going to become Reading/Clearwater West once the Arizona Fall League kicks into action October 11th. Infielders Scott Kingery (pictured above) and Mitch Walding, along with outfielder Aaron Brown and pitchers Miguel Nunez and Victor Arano will play for the Scottsdale Scorpions this fall, and all have been at Reading for at least some of the 2016 season. Clearwater's Brandon Leibrandt will also make the trip to Arizona.
Kingery opened the season at High-A Clearwater, but was promoted to Reading on July 25th. Between the two stops, Kingery is hitting .286 with five home runs and 45 RBI in 127 games this season. With the Threshers, Kingery, a second baseman, hit .293 and he's hit .265 in his 33 games with Reading. Philly Baseball Insider had Kingery rated as the 12th best prospect in the organization coming into the season.
Kingery's infield mate at Clearwater became his infield mate at Reading when Walding joined Reading on August 4th after hitting .280 in an even 100 games with Clearwater. Walding also hit 10 home runs for the Threshers and has added another three in just 21 games with Double-A Reading, where he's hitting .238 in 21 games. Walding, who turns 24 on September 10th, is a third baseman drafted by the Phillies in the fifth round of the 2011 Draft out of St. Mary's High School in Stockton, California.
Outfielder Brown opened the season with Reading, but has traveled back-and-forth to Clearwater a couple times this season. He also spent nearly a month on the DL with a right wrist sprain. Brown is primarily a center fielder, but has played at all three outfield spots this season and throughout his career. Brown has played a total of 69 games with Reading, 20 with Clearwater and added three games with the Gulf Coast League Phillies after his injury. In those 92 games, Brown has hit .246 this season.
Nunez has taken the Reading closer's job this season after he too opened the season with Clearwater, where he pitched just six games. The 23-year old right-hander joined Reading on April 26 and recorded his first save with the Fightins on May 5th. On the season, he's picked up 17 saves with Reading, while posting a 3.25 ERA in 43 games. In 44 1/3 innings, Nunez has struck out 49 batters.
The 21-year old Arano also split his season between Clearwater and Reading, pitching in 35 games with Clearwater and nine with Reading. In his time with the two teams, Arano has saved five games and has a 4-2 record with a 2.23 ERA. The Phillies acquired Arano two years ago from the Dodgers for Roberto Hernandez. Last season, the Phillies tried Arano as a starter, but shifted him to the bullpen after he posted a 4.72 ERA in 24 games, including 22 starts.
Leibrandt will use the Arizona Fall League to add to his innings count for 2016 after he opened the season on the DL and didn't pitch until July 11th of this season when he started a rehab assignment with the GCL Phillies. He was activated from the DL and joined Clearwater on August 2nd. The 23-year old Leibrandt has made just nine starts this season, but has been very effective, posting a 1.91 ERA in his nine starts (four with the GCL Phils and five with Clearwater). The Phillies drafted Leibrandt in the sixth round of the 2014 Draft out of Florida State and in three minor league seasons, he's gone 13-9 with a 2.70 ERA.