Yesterday in the Arizona Fall League Roman Quinn put on a clinic on what a team wants from a hitter leading off the game. He started the game with a walk, stole second, moved to third on a ground out to second and scored on a ground ball to short. The Scottsdale Scorpion were leading 1-0 before the Mesa Solar Sox ever came to bat. The Scorpions would go on to win the game 7-6.
That is what you want from your lead off hitter. Someone who gets on base, gets in scoring position and scores the first run of the game. Quinn is quietly have a good season in the AFL. In 11 games so far he leads the League in steal with 9 out of 10 attempts; is tied for second in walks with 8 and is tied for third in runs scored with 8. All what you want out of your lead off hitter.
Ironically Quinn is hitting the same .257 in Arizona that he hit in the Florida State League this season but his OBP is 21 points higher at .364 in the AFL than it was in the FSL.
He is already about to pass current Cincinnati Reds centerfielder Billy Hamilton’s 2012 AFL stolen base numbers. In 2012 Hamilton hit .234 with a .306 OBP and stole 10 bases in 12 attempts in 17 AFL games.
Clearly, Quinn is emerging as the Phillies center fielder of the future and working to become a top notch table setting lead off hitter. Current Phillies center fielder Ben Revere is not much a lead off hitter and rarely walks. Revere was the first batter up 123 times for the Phils this season and walked only three time. He had only a .292 OBP. He is not much of a table setter to get the game started. The Phillies need someone who will jump start its offense right out of the chute and it is not Ben Revere.
The AFL still has 18 games to go before the season ends. So far Quinn has played in 11 of the 14 Scottsdale games. It will be interesting to follow him for the rest of the season to see if he can continue to develop in to a top notch major league prospect out of the leadoff of spot in the lineup.