Phillies longtime prospects Roman Quinn and Zach Green need to move up and have breakout seasons in 2018. Both are starting their seventh season as prospects in the Phillies system. It’s soon now or never for them.
We moved to the Clearwater area in 2012. This same year Quinn broke in with the Williamsport Crosscutters after being a second round draft pick in 2011. He turns 25 years-old on May 14th. He had a cup of coffee with the Phillies where he had 57 at bats with them in 2016. He has never played more than 88 games in a season because of assorted injuries.
Green has had much the same issue. He was drafted in the third round in 2012 and he turns 24-years-old on March 7th. He has never played more than 96 games in a season because of the injury bug. The highest level he has played was 15 games in AA last season.
Quinn’s calling card is his speed. He showed it in yesterday’s game against the Orioles when he beat out an infield single for an RBI. Watch HERE. He would make an excellent pinch runner and as a switch hitter he could have an impact off a major league bench.
Green has the potential to hit the long ball. He showed it in Thursday’s game against the University of Tampa when he hit a first pitch “no doubt about it” homer to left at Spectrum Field. Watch HERE. He has a chance to be a big power hitter likely at AA Reading this season. Remember, in 2015 Rhys Hoskins hit only 18 home runs including one in the playoffs at A ball in just over 500 at bats.
Quinn has his work cut out for him because all indications are that the Phillies will be carrying only four bench players this season so he has been taking grounders at shortstop. Quinn needs to make it as a super-sub. He initially was signed to play shortstop but after his .902 fielding percent in 149 games there he was moved to center field where he has played since 2014.
The story for Green is much the same. He has spent parts of the last three seasons on the disabled list which has cut into his development time. But he looks now to be in the best health of his career this spring.
Green has played the corner infield positions in his six-year career but has struggled with a .909 fielding percent at third base while fielding at .996 at first base. He has been taking ground balls daily at third base over at Roberts Field this spring. Watch HERE.
Green may have moved up the Phillies depth chart at third yesterday with the broken leg injury suffered by Will Middlebrooks who was playing third base in yesterday’s Orioles game.
Zach needs to improve his fielding at third and stay healthy, because he has just might have the power to be a major league corner infielder. He did hit 9 homers in only 198 at bats last season in the minors.
Two prospects to watch in spring training are Roman Quinn to see if he can make the opening day Phillies 25-man roster and Zach Green to see if he can stick as a corner infielder likely at AA or AAA to start the season.