One of the Phillies top outfield prospects could be arriving very soon
Phillies manager Gabe Kapler says there’s a possibility outfield prospect Roman Quinn could be promoted to the big leagues on Friday, according to Matt Breen of Philly.com.
With prospect Ranger Suarez making his major league debut in a spot start in Cincinnati on Thursday the club will have an open roster spot when Suarez is returned to Lehigh Valley.
Quinn, who rarely stays healthy, has missed most of the year with a torn ligament in his right middle finger. Since 2013 he’s missed time with injuries to his oblique, UCL, and achillies while working through the minor league system.
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After rehabbing from the finger injury Quinn has five hits in four games with Lehigh Valley. In 24 games with the IronPigs this year he’s hitting .287 with 12 stolen bases.
A second-round pick in 2011, Quinn played 15 games for Philadelphia in 2016 as a September call-up, hitting .263 with 15 hits. Speed is the nature of his game despite the achillies injury in 2013. Scouts have given him an 80 speed, the highest grade on the baseball scouting scale.
In 2013 Quinn was rated as the organization’s third-best prospect by MLB Pipeline, ahead of Cesar Hernandez and J.P. Crawford among others. MLB Pipeline recently rated Quinn as the organization’s 16th best prospect.
Fans have been hoping that Quinn could help the major league club this year as the fourth-outfielder following Aaron Altherr’s demotion. The combinations with Trevor Plouffe, Mitch Walding, and Jesmuel Valentin haven’t impressed anyone, and the Phillies ppinch-hittershave had one of the worst batting averages in baseball.