One of the top position players I will be watching in the minor league spring training camp this season will be Roman Quinn. He had a breakout season in the 2014 Arizona Fall League. The Phillies are in great need of young outfield play. Outfielders are a major area of need for the Phillies. Particularly, the organization lacks young right handed hitting bats in the outfield. See Here.
I have been a big fan Quinn who was moved to centerfield last season after J.P. Crawford was drafted in the first round of the 2013 draft to be the shortstop of the future. Could it be wise to have him hit only from the the right side of the batter’s box?
The switch hitting Quinn impressed last season with the Clearwater Threshers. He did not hit much for average from the left side where he hit only .227 (.673 OPS). Hitting right handed it was a different story where he hit .327 (.809 OPS). The story was the same in the Arizona Fall League where he hit .327 right-handed and only .219 left-handed.
The only problem is that Quinn has shown power from the right side hitting seven of his nine combined FSL and AFL homers from there in 2014. He had three time as many at bats from the left side than he did from the right side in a total of 112 games combined in the FSL and AFL. With his speed the Phillies will be reluctant to have him hit only from the right side of the plate but his numbers show it might be something to consider.
Quinn had a break out season in the Arizona Fall League and won raves from the scouts there. He even played left field in the AFL Stars game. Here are the videos from the his play in the AFL this season: See Here. See HERE . See Here. See Here. See Here, See Here, See Here.
He is following in the tradition of former AFL players Cody Asche in 2012 and Ken Giles in 2013 both of whom played in the AFL Stars game and joined the Phillies in the middle of the next season. Will Roman Quinn follow in their footsteps in 2015?
As of today the Phillies have 55 players scheduled to report to the major league spring training camp. Roman Quinn is not one of them yet, but I would not be surprised if he finds his way over from the minor league camp at the Carpenter Complex and gets significant playing time in the Phillies Grapefruit League games.