Phillies Minor League Focus: SS Roman Quinn

Posted: December 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

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Born May 14, 1993, Roman Quinn was just a baby when Joe Carter’s historic game 6 blast off Mitch Williams won the World Series for the Blue Jays over the Phillies. Nowadays, the Port St. Joe, Florida native is a blossoming young talent in the Philadelphia minor league system.

Quinn, 19, was the team’s second round draft choice (66th overall) in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft. At 5’10, 170 pounds, he reminds many of a young Jimmy Rollins. In fact, Quinn has even begun switch-hitting since joining the Phillies; a good sign that the youngster is willing to do anything in his power to become a future impact player at Citizen’s Bank Park.

In 2012, Quinn spent the entire season at Low-A Williamsport. As a member of the “Crosscutters,” Quinn impressed with his legs and bat. As if hitting .281 with 21 extra-base hits in just 66 games wasn’t enough for the kid; Quinn also stole 30 bases whilst only being caught 6 times. The Crosscutters finished in last place. But, Quinn led the New York-Penn League in triples, stolen bases, and runs whilst finishing in the top ten in hits, and total bases. His 11 three-baggers were more than double the second highest competitor in the league.

Williamsport Manager Andy Tracy noted that Quinn had never hit left-handed in his life prior to 2012. A fact that makes his offensive production all the more impressive at just 19-years-old. He is considered one of the fastest players in the minor leagues, having turned down a scholarship offer from Florida State to sign a $775,000 offer with the Phillies. 

A dynamic player with the ability to change the game with his legs, Quinn should be considered the Shortstop of the future in Philadelphia. 

Our Phillies Minor League Focus segment will continue with a player acquired during Ruben Amaro’s midseason purge. Former Dodger farmhand Ethan Martin, acquired in the Shane Victorino deal, has tons of potential and should be a name to remember in 2013.

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