With Taylor Featherston to majors, promotions for some Phillies prospects

Phillies prospect Scott Kingery, seen here playing for the Clearwater Threshers, was promoted to double-A Reading.

MIAMI — Andres Blanco's fractured left index finger spawned a slew of Phillies transactions, including promotions for two minor-league players.

Taylor Featherston, a 26-year-old infielder acquired in a trade last February, replaced Blanco on the Phillies roster. That allowed Jesmuel Valentin and Scott Kingery to ascend a level in the minors, to triple-A Lehigh Valley and double-A Reading, respectively.

Kingery, a second-round pick last summer, is constantly lauded by Phillies officials for his baseball acumen. He mastered single-A Clearwater with a .293 batting average, .360 on-base percentage and .411 slugging percentage. The 22-year-old second baseman stole 26 bases in 31 attempts. Now, he will join a powerhouse Reading team for its postseason push.

Valentin, son of former big-leaguer Jose, posted a .745 OPS in 89 games with Reading. Also 22, he was acquired from Los Angeles in the Roberto Hernandez trade.


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Blanco's injury could require surgery, and it is an opportunity for Featherston, who spent all of last season on the Los Angeles Angels' roster as a Rule 5 pick. He is known for his bat, and not his glove — Featherston bashed 12 homers with 16 errors at Lehigh Valley.

He mostly played third base at triple A, but he has experience at second and shortstop, too.

>>> Roman Quinn, who had played just one game since June 4, returned to game action Monday with a five-inning appearance in the Gulf Coast League. Quinn has been sidelined by a strained muscle in his rib cage.

A player much closer to the majors, Aaron Altherr, had his official rehab assignment transferred to triple-A Lehigh Valley. He is expected to return to the Phillies on Thursday in Atlanta.