2016 Phillies Report Card: Roman Quinn

I’m going to run through this report card quickly, before a sudden injury prevents me from completing it. In the sporadic moments when Roman Quinn is on a baseball field, his talents are apparent. He is fast. Very fast. And there is obvious benefit to possessing such elite speed. Defensively, it translates to range in the outfield. Offensively, it means creating havoc on the base paths. But in order to run the bases, the rules of the game require that you first reach them. Quinn spent his brief time with the Phillies hinting at his capacity to do just that.

Quinn came to the plate 69 times in a Phillies’ uniform. Despite that paucity of sample, he exhibited two discernible traits: exceptional plate discipline and a penchant for hitting the ball on the ground.

Regarding the plate discipline, Quinn swung at only 20.5% of pitches outside of the strike zone. For context, that level of pitch recognition would rank among the top 3% of qualified hitters. Quinn’s below average power is not going to demand pitchers eschew the strike zone, but he has the requisite discipline to take a walk when handed to him.

Regarding the ground balls, Quinn knocked 2.6 for every fly ball he hit. Physics of hitting a fraction of a ground ball aside, the high rate, accompanied by his elite speed, depict Quinn as a player who can sustain a high average on balls in play.

The profile is similar to the one Cesar Hernandez employs to reach base at an elevated rate. Lest you wince at the comparison, the comprehensive scouting reports on Quinn provide for two clear distinctions. One, he does possess an iota of power. And two, he has a clear understanding of the infield fly rule.

Grade: B


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  1. Romus

    December 23, 2016 06:30 PM

    Shame Roman missed so much minor league development time due to injuries. I estimate about 250 games ( 70 in ’13… 50 in ’14… 70 in ’15…. and 60 in ’16) and approx. maybe 1000 PAs.
    No telling where his star would be with a somewhat healthier minor league career.

    • Steve

      December 23, 2016 11:46 PM

      He has game changing talent. Id really love to see what he could do with a full, healthy, MLB season. The only problem I see is that he is a CF and they just locked up Herrera. Im sure Quinn can handle a corner outfield defensively, but the lack of power doesnt play as well as it would in center. You would have to find some power from another postion to make up for Quinn and Herrera. Maybe Cozens, Hoskins, and or Alfaro.

      • Andrew R.

        December 24, 2016 08:27 AM

        I would really like to think a healthy Quinn could be an Adam Eaton-type right fielder. Maybe not 14-homerun potential, but I would like to think he can pop 29 doubles and 10 triples and gain a lot of value for his defensive prowess.

        Look at the package for Eaton. Look how much Heyward fetched in deals and on the open market. Both of those guys gained a ton of value due to their defensive abilities.

        I just have to wonder, if Herrera has another typical Herrera-type of year, and Quinn makes it one, full healthy season and really impress, do the Phillies think about flipping him (Quinn) immediately? You’re playing roulette with a player because of his health.

        Here’s to Roman having a healthy year in a Phillies uniform!

      • Steve

        December 24, 2016 12:29 PM

        I like to think a little more like AJ Pollock with less power. Quinn will have to either hit better than .280 or steal more than 20 bases (Eatons numbers) to offset his lack of powet IMO, especially if he is going to stick in a corner outfield spot.

      • Andrew R.

        December 24, 2016 03:08 PM

        Yeah Steve, that’s fair. I feel like he can pop about 8-10 homers, 30 doubles, 10 triples, and I would love to see 40 steals. And if it comes at a .275 clip, I’d be more than happy.

      • Andrew R.

        December 24, 2016 03:11 PM

        I think he can have a career path similar to Jason Werth. Injured, great potential. Start the year platooning with Altherr, and by June force the issue of playtime, and eventually taking over.

      • Romus

        December 25, 2016 12:38 PM

        Andrew R…..it would be great if his career path followed Jason Werth’s.
        Their injury history suggests differently.
        Werth’s wrist injury was from a trauma, most all Roman Quinn’s issues are promulgated on soft tissue ligament./tendon issues…three of the four major injuries were the Achilles tear, the quad tear, and the oblique from this past season. This just may be a long process for him in the healing protocol.

      • Trapeze

        December 25, 2016 12:59 PM

        Can’t imagine that Quinn will not be moved to CF if he establishes himself as a major league regular. Think the Phillies made it clear last year that they were keeping OH in center because they were not going to move him unless/until one of the youngsters forces their way on to the lineup. They weren’t about to move OH around and rob him of CF reps based on speculation that one of the minor league guys is actually legit.

      • Trapeze

        December 25, 2016 01:03 PM

        Werth’s injury was also misdiagnosed for some time by the Dodgers which prevented Werth from properly heeling for a long stretch of time, instead forcing him to “play through” problems and never being at full strength/able to really perform.

      • Andrew R.

        December 25, 2016 01:19 PM

        Yeah, those are good points, guys. I’m just hoping he can turn the corner and finally be healthy. I really think he and Odubel can be dynamic out there together.

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