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MLB Rookie Report: Roman Quinn, OF, Philadelphia Phillies

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Philadelphia Phillies outfield prospect Roman Quinn is one of the most intriguing September 2016 call-ups in my opinion, a speed player who could make a big fantasy impact as well as a real-life one. Let's take a look.

Quinn was drafted by the Phillies in the second round in 2011 from high school in Port St. Joe, Florida. His minor league career has been marred by injuries: he's never played more than 88 games in a season. This year he was limited to 77 games between Double-A and brief rookie ball rehab, hitting .302/.372/.451 with six homers, 36 steals, 31 walks, and 71 strikeouts in 308 at-bats.

Here is my pre-season analysis from the 2016 Baseball Prospect Book:

Roman Quinn, OF, Philadelphia Phillies

Bats: S Throws: R HT: 5-10 WT: 175 DOB: May 14, 1993

2012: Grade C+; 2013: Grade B-; 2014: Grade B-; 2015: Grade B-

Although he missed much of the season with a quad injury, Roman Quinn made significant progress in 2015, showing more sock in his bat and proving he could handle advanced pitching. His defense in center field also improved and the former shortstop should be a plus defender with more experience running routes. He needs to use his 70-grade speed on the bases more efficiently but that also can improve with experience. Health is a major question-mark in his case, as he’s missed large portions of the last three seasons with various maladies. Overall, Quinn profiles as a switch-hitting top-of-the-order force if he can keep himself on the field. Grade B.

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Nothing he did this year changes that assessment: he's still had injury issues and he's still been effective when on the field. He continues to make progress, showing slightly more isolated power every year, improving his baserunning, sharpening his defense.

I've heard Quinn compared to Michael Bourn. That's a fair comp, although Bourn is a bit taller. Despite that, it is possible that Quinn may (eventually) show a bit more power than Bourn did. He still rates as a Grade B prospect entering 2017, with durability being the biggest concern. Don't overlook him.