Phillies Prospects to Watch During the Upcoming Spring Training

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Mar 7, 2016; Bradenton, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies catcher Andrew Knapp (80) catches as umpire Phil Cuzzi (10) looks on during the seventh inning of a spring training baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field. The Phillies won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 7, 2016; Bradenton, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies catcher Andrew Knapp (80) catches as umpire Phil Cuzzi (10) looks on during the seventh inning of a spring training baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field. The Phillies won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 12, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Roman Quinn (24) hits an RBI double during the second inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports /

Outfielder Roman Quinn

Roman Quinn inserted himself into the major-league conversation last year in his 15-game September cup of coffee. He collected 15 hits in 69 plate appearances with five stolen bases. His debut was by no means perfect, but it was a good start considering his leap from Double-A straight to the majors.

However, injuries hampered his season yet again as he missed more than a month and a half due to a strained oblique earlier in the year. His time in Philadelphia was cut short once again as the oblique injury flared up yet again.

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With the signing of Michael Saunders, Quinn is bound to head to Triple-A to start off the 2017 season. Manager Pete Mackanin said [quote via Matt Breen of Philly.com] “I don’t think it’s in our best interest or his for him to be a part-time player at the big-league level. If things stay the way they are and Saunders is on the team, I think it would behoove Quinn to play a full year at triple A.”

Quinn also acknowledged the need to prove his durability, saying “Getting a full season of at-bats is one of my goals. Playing a full season and whatever happens happens.

“I’m just trying to stay healthy and do whatever I can to remain healthy and stay on the field.”

While Quinn may benefit from a full season at Triple-A, success between spring training and early in the season may force the team’s hand into moving either Saunders of left fielder Howie Kendrick. It may be even more imperative to watch for Quinn in terms of injury, as an early-season injury will only hurt Quinn’s career trajectory even more.

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