Missed this yesterday, but Williamsport shortstop
Roman Quinn, who could well be with the BlueClaws in 2013, ranked 3rd among prospects in the New York-Penn League in the annual Baseball America league rankings.
Quinn was a Phillies 2nd round pick in 2010 from Port St Joe, Florida who committed to Florida State before signing. He was drafted as an outfielder and a right-handed batter, but with the Phillies, he’s not only learned how to play shortstop, but also to switch hit.
He hit .281 this year in 267 at bats with a league-leading 11 triples (two more than his nine doubles) and he stole 30 bases, which also led the league, while being caught just six times.
Quinn ended up tied for 16th in the minors in triples this year (including full-season players), and all but two players of the 15 with 12 or more triples did so in fewer at bats. 67 players in the minors this year had at least nine triples (again, includes all leagues, both full and short season) and only Quinn and Gioskar Amaya, a Cubs prospect, had more triples than doubles of that group.
“The kid never hit lefthanded and is facing college pitchers in our league, and it is pretty special what he is doing this year,” said Williamsport first-year manager Andy Tracy (Philadelphia Inquirer, August 13th). “He is a game-changer, and when he gets on base we are a different club.”
He’s odds-on to lead the BlueClaws in stolen bases this year, and might be a guy that can push 50+ stolen bases. Anthony Gose holds the team record of 76 and nobody else has ever gotten to 60 (Chris Roberson is second with 59). We’re looking forward to seeing him as a BlueClaws this year.