Positional flexibility was one of the primary themes during Phillies spring training–for a variety of reasons. Watching the Spring games we saw outfield prospect Roman Quinn return to the shortstop position he fielded in the low minors. We saw catchers at first base, and infielders in the corner outfield spots. “The more you can do” is what they always say.
For Roman Quinn this spring, fully healthy and on the 40-man roster, he seems to be primed for a major league job if he can play all three outfield positions and substitute at shortstop as well. His speed can be an asset–nay, a weapon–as a pinch runner. With limited spots on the major league bench, “pinch runner” just isn’t enough. It makes sense that with his assignment to AAA to begin the 2018 season, we should expect to see Quinn reprise his shortstop role on occasion.
But listening to manager Gary Jones, it seems that outfield will be his primary focus as the season begins. He’ll be primarily in center field, but will also see some time in the corner spots. In speaking with Roman (below), of course he’s ready to play, and play well, wherever he’s asked.
One last thing: A lot has been made about stashing Roman on the bench as a means to keep him healthy. I think his injuries have been more of fluke-type deals than wear and tear injuries, and relegating him to the bench at this point in this season could be selling his talent short. Players need to play, and as we begin the 2018 season it’s time to let Quinn play every day and continue to be a weapon. His bat is good enough to make that happen.
It’s that time of the year again–my goofy mug on the screen interviewing IronPigs players. I try to keep it light and have fun, and Cheryl does a great job keeping me off the screen. Thanks to the IronPigs media department, Matt and Pat in particular, for their help. And full credit to Cheryl Pursell for videography and production for this video and those to follow.