If you have not heard his name by now, you will soon. Phillies prospect Roman Quinn, a shortstop for the Single-A Lakewood Blueclaws is your classic speed demon prospect, similarly to Cincinnati Reds’ prospect Billy Hamilton. But here is the catch, Quinn has other tools to contribute besides just his speed. In 26 at-bats this season so far, Quinn is hitting .308 with a HR 4 RBI and 3 stolen bases. Last season with the Williamsport Crosscutters: 267 AB, Quinn hit .281 with 1 HR 9 2B 11 3B and 30 stolen bases. For those who do not know, based on a full season with the same numbers Quinn would put up 2 HR 20 2Bs, 24 3Bs and 60 stolen bases. At only 20 years old, he may be the future leadoff or 8 hitter for the Phillies. Imagine a lineup with Ben Revere and Roman Quinn with each stealing about 60 bases a year at the top or bottom of the order. Quinn does not have consistent HR power, but seeing as he hits more than his fair share of triples, you can see the potential for gap power in the MLB. Quinn is strictly a shortstop at the moment, but it has been said that he may move to OF to maximize his speed. Here is a video of Roman Quinn’s inside-the-park home run:
20 year-old Roman Quinn was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2nd round of the 2011 draft out of Port St. Joe High School in northwest Florida. Quinn is a switch hitter who throws right-handed at 5’10 170 lbs. Ranked as the #100 Prospect by Baseball America, Quinn is the Phillies #5 prospect. With Jimmy Rollins contract potentially being up after next season, Quinn’s road to the MLB may not be far off. He would need to hone his skills defensively at shortstop after making 33 errors in 72 games in his career, but as aforementioned, Quinn will likely be moved to the outfield.
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