Prospect Nation 2013: #8 SS Roman Quinn

Roman Quinn, photo- Joe Wombough/

Selected in the 2nd round of the 2011 draft out of Port St. Joe High School, speedster Roman Quinn was immediately a prospect that many thought would be on a fast track upward in the Phillies system.

The extremely athletic 5-foot-10 170-pounder is praised for his adaptability and has shown considerable improvement during his time in the professional ranks.

Quinn signed fairly late after being drafted and did not play in an official game in 2011.  He did, however, spend time with the Gulf Coast League team late in their season and played with the Florida Instructional League team following the regular season.  He made his official pro debut in 2012 with the short-season A level Williamsport Crosscutters.  There, Quinn tallied a .281 average with nine doubles, a league-leading 11 triples, one home run and 23 RBI while swiping 30 bases in 36 chances.

Phillies executives were very pleased with his progress last year.  According to Joe Jordan, the Phils’ director of player development, “the sky is the limit” for Quinn.  Even his teammates are excited by his skills, as players will often remark about his noteworthy quickness.

On the bases, the 19-year-old is among the fastest players in the minor leagues.  Look for Quinn, who is a native of Port St. Joe, FL, to burn up the base paths in the Class A South Atlantic League with Lakewood in 2013, as a constant top-of-the-order threat, possessing the type of speed that could earn him a hit even on the most routine ground balls.

At the plate, Quinn, a natural righty, displays gap power from both sides and is still developing his ability to switch-hit.  Quinn has also worked steadily on improving his bunting ability, which could be a big tool for him going forward.

Defensively, Quinn has a strong arm and showed considerable improvement with Williamsport, manning shortstop on an everyday basis for the first time.  As he gets more time at the position, Quinn, who has strong range, will improve his technique, reflexes and his hands.  Scouts say Quinn’s future may be in centerfield, where he spent time in high school.

In all, Quinn has the raw tools to potentially be an impact player in the big leagues one day and should be a huge draw for Lakewood in the coming season.



  1. Ken Bland

    February 24, 2013 at 11:24 am


    I wouldn’t exactly compare you to this, but you iknow how an actor/actress plays a role, and they aren’t stereotyped in it, but rather so adept at it that a viewer loses track of all their other skills that helped open the door to them the role in the first place.

    To someone not overwhelmingly familiar with your work, which I’d classify myself as, it’s easy to identify you as oh, yeah, Jay Floyd, the minor league guru.

    I’ve flipped through your site periodically in shallow forms a few times since becoming familiar with you about 4 years ago, but this morning, flipping through the Sunday School section, I grew to really appreciate your baseball foundation from which you cover the game. It’s cool enough to read the list of folks you’ve interviewed (Hawk Dawson had to be spine tingling, I’d think, but that’s by my values), but to have taken the time to engulf the history of so many important Phillie personalities and still spend the seemingly countless hours you must on your minor league endeavors is awesome. Color me appreciative of your depth.

    Maybe I missed it, but I didn’t see Sunday School lessons on Dallas Green, or Ted Savage. I believe they’d make for great reads, and in particular in Dallas’s case, a tremdous, never ending interview.

    Terrific stuff,


    • Jay Floyd

      April 8, 2013 at 1:00 am

      @KenBland I just saw that note for the first time and it’s definitely nice of you to say all that. Thanks for the compliments.

      I will try get back to the Sunday Schools and consider your names to include for any upcoming posts in that series. I have wanted to get it to 100 total entries, for a while, but haven’t made time for Sunday School in a long time.

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