Tuesday, March 7, 2017

2017 Phillies Prospects Countdown: #7 OF Roman Quinn

Roman Quinn, image- Jay Floyd  
Outfielder Roman Quinn used his short stint in the big leagues late last season as a chance to show that he belonged at the top level of the sport.  It would appear that he's primed to make a return to the Phillies this coming season, perhaps to stay for good.

Selected in the 2nd round of the 2011 MLB amateur draft, Quinn was converted to shortstop upon making his pro debut.  It was an experiment that did not prove successful, however, as he has returned to the outfield.

Quinn would make his pro debut as a 19-year-old with short-season Class A Williamsport in 2012, posting a .281 average with nine doubles, a league-leading 11 triples, one home run and 23 RBI while swiping 30 bases in 36 opportunities.

Comfort was a big factor for Quinn in 2013, according to his Class A Lakewood coaches.  They saw things get easier for the talented youngster at the plate as the season went on and he displayed success with another experiment on the offensive side of his game...the assignment of learning to switch-hit.

That year, he got off to a rough start, batting .202 with a .556 OPS in 22 April games. In May, things began to look up, at the plate, for Quinn, as he tallied a .304 average with an .874 OPS in 26 contests that month. His season would not last much longer, as the Florida resident was hit by a pitch that resulted in a broken left wrist in June, ending his campaign with .238 average with seven doubles, three triples, five home runs and 32 stolen bases in 41 chances through 67 games.

Unable to compete in that autumn's Florida Instructional League, due to the slow healing wrist, Quinn continued to work out and suffered a ruptured right Achilles tendon while running sprints. Surgery came soon afterward and Quinn missed considerable time while recovering.

Originally expected to miss the majority of the 2014 season, Quinn, who is listed at five-foot-10, 170-pounds, was back on the field by mid-May and impressed many with the strides that he took.

Playing in 88 contests, the most he's played in any of his three pro seasons to that point, for the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers, Quinn returned to post a .257 batting average along with 10 doubles, three triples, seven home runs and 36 RBI.

In the interest of making up for lost time, the Phillies wanted Quinn to see more action in the off-season and sent him to play in the prestigious Arizona Fall League. In 24 games with Scottsdale, he batted .250 with two triples, two home runs and nine RBI.

In 2015 Quinn opened the season with Double-A Reading, where he would tally a .306 batting average with six doubles, six triples, four homers, 15 RBI and 29 stolen bases in 39 opportunities through 58 games before he was sidelined with another injury. Initially diagnosed as a quad strain, the ailment was later revealed to be a muscle tear, which kept Quinn out of action much longer than was initially anticipated.

He reached full health in the off-season and spent some time with Licey in the Dominican Winter League, posting a .212 average with a pair of home runs, seven RBI and eight stolen bases in 25 games played.

Last year, Quinn would continue to live up to his often-injured reputation, missing more than a month with an oblique strain.  He would go on to sport a .287 average with 14 doubles, six triples and six home runs while driving in 25 runs and swiping 31 bags in 71 games with Reading.  

He was then promoted to the big leagues to wrap up their regular season after Reading was eliminated from the Eastern League playoffs.  In 15 MLB games, the 23-year-old posted a .263/.373/.333 slash line.

Defensively, Quinn is primarily a center fielder.  He has a strong arm and has displayed excellent range in the outfield during his career.

At the plate, Quinn displays gap power from both sides, as he strives to work on his switch-hitting ability.  Quinn is a natural right-handed batter, but has improved greatly, seeing his OPS as a lefty hitter go from .673 with Clearwater in 2014, to .755 with Reading in 2015, to .813 with Reading last season.  He draws walks a fair amount, but will need to improve his contact in order to be best effective at the top of the order.

Coaches like Quinn's personality a great deal. He plays smart, does all he can to get on base and score runs, plus displays a solid ability to adapt to whatever is thrown his way.

On the bases, Quinn's speed returned following Achilles surgery, to where it had been prior to the injury. He sports a 78% success rate in stolen base attempts in his career and that could continue to climb as he develops better reads on pitchers.

In addition, he has a tendency to get into pitcher's heads while on the bases and can take advantage of lax infield defense with a keen ability to drop a bunt for a base hit. He seems like a potentially prototypical lead-off man.

The youngster possesses the tools to become an impact player in the majors. Look for Quinn to open the season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley or on the big league team, depending on his spring campaign with the Phils.

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