This was sent over to us by our buddy Todd a couple of days ago.
You may have heard of Billy Hamilton, the speedster in the Reds farm system that stole 155(!) bases last year.
Roman Quinn, who could well be the BlueClaws SS this year (and stole 30 to lead the NYPL last year), might be as fast, according to this Fangraphs post from Mike Newman of Scouting the SAL.
In a foot race, I’d place my money on Roman Quinn over any prospect not named Billy Hamilton. Heads up, it would be close — very close.
On the surface, comparisons to Billy Hamilton are difficult to ignore. Quinn is lightning quick, is considered to be suspect as a long term shortstop and is learning to hit from the left side to maximize his speed. The body type is different as Quinn is a few inches shorter, but his being more compact helps the up-the-middle infield profile.
Roman Quinn is a sleeper, but not for long. As he begins to post gaudy stolen base totals in full season baseball, he’s bound to gain momentum much like Reds Billy Hamilton. Quinn may never steal as many bases as Hamilton, but his all-around game has the potential to become more well-rounded due to defensive projection and cleaner swing mechanics from the left side. This time next season, he’s my bet for top prospect in the Phillies organization.
Quinn was #2 on the Phillies top prospect list from Baseball America, behind only Jesse Biddle, and he’ll be one to watch this summer at FirstEnergy Park.