Roman Quinn reported to spring training last year knowing that his season would likely begin in triple A. The Phillies signed Michael Saunders a month before camp, and then-manager Pete Mackanin said he didn’t see a spot for Quinn.
This season is shaping up to be different. The speedy outfielder will start camp with the Phillies knowing there is a path for him to make the roster as a fifth outfielder.
The Phillies plan to enter the season with a shortened four-man bench as they lean toward building an eight-man bullpen. The bench will include a backup catcher, a fourth outfielder, and a utility infielder. The final spot could belong to Quinn.
“All of the positive attributes that he brings to the table — the speed. the athleticism, and the explosiveness — fits a profile that we don’t really have,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “At the same time, probably priority number one for Q is keeping him healthy and strong.”
The Phillies stole just 59 bases last season, the fifth-worst mark in baseball and their lowest total in 44 years. They have succeeded on just 69 percent of their steal attempts over the last two seasons, and only one player over that time — Odubel Herrera in 2016 — has stolen more than 17 bases in a season. The Phillies are desperate for speed, and a player such as Quinn, perhaps the organization’s best base-stealer, seems to be what the Phillies are missing.
Roman Quinn has a real chance to make the Phillies
Philly.com | Jan 31