Roman Quinn got off to a terrible start at Double-A last season as he struggled to find his timing at the plate. He got things going in May and June before suffering an oblique injury that sidelined him until early August. A concussion in late August also cost him about a week of action. Despite those issues, Quinn's numbers at Double-A Reading helped him earn a promotion to the majors in September, and he played frequently down the stretch. Quinn has top-shelf speed that could make him a tremendous asset for stolen bases, but he must work to maximize how often he gets on base. His 21.1 percent strikeout rate at Double-A and 27.5 percent rate in the majors are too high for a player whose game is built almost solely on thefts. He has also been extremely injury-prone throughout his career. Following the signing of Michael Saunders, Quinn seems to be out of the mix for a regular spot in the lineup at the major league level for the time being. However, the 23-year-old is expected to return to the majors at some point later in the season given his strong big-league debut, so he makes for a nice flier for owners chasing cheap steals late in drafts.
Quinn was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Monday, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports. With Howie Kendrick, Odubel Herrera and Michael Saunders seemingly locked in as the Phillies' everyday outfielders, regular at-bats weren't going to be available for Quinn, so he'll head to Lehigh Valley for full-time work. The 23-year-old impressed in his first taste of the big leagues late last season, batting .263 with five stolen bases. He'll likely be at the top of the list for a promotion if any of the outfielders with the big-league club succumbs to an injury.
Quinn went 2-for-4 with a home run in a 6-5 win over the Red Sox on Sunday. Quinn is 7-for-26 this spring with the home run and four stolen bases. He is not in the mix for a roster spot, however, as the Phillies want to get him some additional development time at Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season.
Quinn worked on his strength and flexibility this offseason to try to avoid the injuries that have plagued him in past seasons, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports. Quinn has had numerous leg injuries throughout his time in the minors and also suffered from a strained oblique twice last season. He will open the year in Triple-A, but could have a starting role in the majors as soon as midseason if he stays healthy. The Phillies are likely to try to trade their starting corner outfielders, Howie Kendrick and Michael Saunders, before the deadline this summer.
Quinn will likely open the 2017 season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports. The Phillies signed Michael Saunders on Monday to a one-year deal with an option. He will see the majority of the playing time in right field leaving Quinn without a regular role. Quinn has yet to see any time at Triple-A, so the move buys him some more development time. He is likely to get another opportunity in the majors later this season.
Manager Pete Mackanin said Quinn (oblique) is unlikely to play again this season, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. Quinn was scheduled to test his oblique Thursday and must have still felt pain in the area. The Phillies have nothing left to play for, so shutting him down is the right move. He will get a chance to compete for a starting job next spring.