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Roman Quinn

Born: 05/14/1993 (Age: 21)
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10" Weight: 175
Primary Position: SS
Strong, ripped physique. Long legs for a shorter player; high butt. Not a big player, but well-built.
Evaluator Jeff Moore
Report Date 06/09/2014
Dates Seen 6/4-6/7/14
Affiliate Clearwater Threshers (High A, Phillies)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2016 Moderate 50 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 45 Sets up with a similarly quiet stance from both sides of the plate. Features average bat speed, though it's slightly better from the left side, where he swings more more authority than from the right. Swing is much more controlled form left side where it is clean and short. Should play at higher levels, but doesn't square the ball up as often as I'd like. Plays a small man's game which fits his speed profile but I'd like to see him drive the ball a little more. His right handed swing is rotational and can get long and loopy. I'm not convinced that he'll hit as a right-hander, but his dominant hitting side is on the proper side of the platoon. Has a patient approach at the plate but struggled with recognition of better off-speed pitches.
Power 30 Makes little to no attempt to drive the ball. Fully accepts little man's game and embraces it. Has enough bat speed to pop one every now and then from the left side if he gets one on the inner half, but will be a single-digit home run hitter most years. Most extra-base power will be influenced by speed. Mainly a singles hitter.
Baserunning/Speed 80 There were no bang-bang ground balls during my subset of his season, so he pulled up before reaching first base without me able to get a good watch on him, but his speed is definitely top of the charts and has come all the way back from the Achilles injury that cost him the first few months of the season. Quick first step, gets to top speed quickly. Despite speed, he's not a good baserunner yet. He gets over-aggressive and makes mistakes on the bases. Is susceptible to throws behind him and was nabbed twice during this stretch while wandering too far off of a base.
Glove 60 Quick first step and great speed make for plus range at a premium defensive position. Hands aren't plus, but shows enough ball skills to handle routine ground balls with enough regularity. Is currently better going left to right than on stationary plays. Does a nice job gaining ground through straight on ground balls and working his momentum towards throwing target. Will be able to stay at shortstop and once he gains more consistency, he should be an asset at the position.
Arm 60 Left-side profile, strong arm that can play anywhere on the infield. At full strength, allows him to make all throws from shortstop. Uses a quick release when necessary and can still get enough on his throws to make them accurate. Quick double-play pivot and does not need to have his feet under him or his weight behind him to make his throws.

As with so many prospects with loud tools, Quinn's future role will come down to whether or not he hits. I don't know if Quinn will hit, and I don't believe he'll ever be even an average hitter from the right side, but he can do enough other things well - things that hold a lot of value - that he should carve out a major league role. Top-end speed and the ability to play shortstop in the big leagues are two rare commodities, and Quinn has the ability to do both. Even if he doesn't hit enough to play every day, there's a utility profile in there. His speed will allow his bat to play up from it's natural ability, which he will need. Ultimately, I'm not confidant in the bat, but if can even sniff average production, it could be enough to make him a second-division regular.

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