Phillies: Five players to watch in the Cubs series this weekend

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 27: Rhys Hoskins #17 of the Philadelphia Phillies rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning during a game against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park on August 27, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Nationals won 5-3. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 27: Rhys Hoskins #17 of the Philadelphia Phillies rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning during a game against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park on August 27, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Nationals won 5-3. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON – AUGUST 24: Roman Quinn #24 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a single in the second inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on August 24, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. Players are wearing special jerseys with their nicknames on them during Players’ Weekend. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /

Roman Quinn

Injury after injury has derailed Roman Quinn‘s career, but he is finally healthy again and showing why he such a well-touted prospect. Since his call-up at the end of July, he has been tremendous at the plate. He has a .369 batting average and .957 OPS fueled by a ridiculous .426 batting average on balls in play. For reference, no player since 1900 has qualified for the batting title with a BABIP that high.

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Quinn has been even more dominant over the last two weeks. Since Aug. 16, he has 17 hits, including a double, three triples, and his first major-league home run. He has scored nine runs and driven in five runs in these last 12 games. His speed makes him a huge run-scoring threat, stealing bases and taking extra bases every time he gets the chance.

Quinn has been a spark plug for an offense that has been dormant all August long. After being used near the bottom of the lineup since his call-up, Quinn was moved up to the top of the order, batting leadoff twice during the Nationals series. He has played center field fairly often with Odubel Herrera struggling, but he has gotten a few starts in at right field as well.

Quinn will almost certainly be in the lineup all weekend long as Gabe Kapler should continue to play the hot hand at the plate. Sitting Quinn over a slumping Herrera will certainly raise some question marks as this team needs to do whatever it can to win games.

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