It looks like the Phillies have found their next center fielder. Yes, it was only two games on national TV but Roman Quinn came up big in both an Arizona Fall League Pace of Game nationally televised game on video delay Friday night and the nationally televised Fall Stars Game live Saturday night on the MLB Network.
Consider this: In these two games Quinn went three for six with a walk, had two runs batted in, scored two runs, stole three bases, threw out a runner at the plate from center field and made a great catch in left center field in Friday’s game that they were still taking about in Saturday night’s game.
All three of his hits in the two games were hard hit singles. Two of the hits were from the left side and one from the right side of the plate for the switch-hitting Quinn.
What more could Roman have done to show that he the top Phillies outfield prospect going into the 2015 season?
And it was in Saturday night’s Fall Stars game that he showed he is one of the top minor league outfield prospects in all of baseball. He had a rbi single to right center batting right handed and and the next time up he had a rbi single to left batting left handed against a drawn in infield as Quinn’s East Team beat the West team 6-2. That hit was off of Cardinals prospect flame thrower Samuel Tuivailala whose fastball was topping at 97 mph.
Though he did not start and had to come into the game in the fifth inning to play an unfamiliar left field in the Stars game, Quinn easily was the most impressive player on the field with his two, run scoring singles and steals of second and third base after his second base hit in the game. He also caught two fly balls in the game.
Quinn seemed to surprise analyst John Manuel of Baseball America with his hitting who pegged him as only a speed guy. He forced the other MLB analyst Joe Magrane, a former Tampa Bay Rays analyst, to seemly make excuses for the catcher. Roman stole his two bases off the highly touted arm of Tampa Bay catching prospect Justin O’Connor. Quinn now has 15 steals in 17 attempts in 18 games including the Stars game to lead the AFL in stolen bases.
Just like Cody Asche who played in the 2012 Fall Stars game and Ken Giles who pitched in the 2013 Stars game and both went on to play for the Philles during the next season, it would not surprise me surprise to see Roman Quinn playing center field in Citizens Bank Park sometime soon next season.