No. 7: September Call-Ups of Roman Quinn and Jorge Alfaro
Phillies fans didn’t get their ultimate wish of seeing J.P. Crawford in the major-leagues in 2016, but the team still got a glimpse of other top prospects Roman Quinn and Jorge Alfaro in September. Both rank in the top ten of the system, and our former editor Matt Veasey ranked Alfaro as the new top prospect in the system over Crawford.
Alfaro saw limited action in September, recording just two hits in 17 plate appearances. He had to vie for playing time with veteran A.J. Ellis and starter Cameron Rupp, so it makes sense he got such limited time.
However, Quinn jumped right into the starting lineup in left field, and he dazzled in his major-league debut. He posted a .373 on-base percentage in his 15 games and stole five bases in six chances.
Alfaro will almost certainly return to Triple-A in 2017 as the full-time starter behind the plate there, but Quinn may start next year in the majors. I made the case for Quinn as the starting right fielder next year, but he also may return to Triple-A. Regardless, fans got to see some of the players that may save the franchise for the first time.