Roman Quinn is getting his legs back.
The Port St. Joe graduate heated up over the past few weeks while coming back from serious injury.
Quinn, a former second round pick of the Philadelphia Phillies, is playing for the Clearwater Threshers in Class A Advanced ball.
Quinn had four hits last Thursday, just a few days after collecting five in one game and as of the beginning of this week had steadily raised his batting average over the past month.
Over his last 10 games, Quinn hit .385 with a .913 OPS.
He has raised his batting average to .257 with 37 runs scored, 27 RBIs and 13 extra base hits in 62 games.
He has also stolen 22 bases in 29 attempts, leaving him in the top five of the Florida State League, even though he was not even in the lineup until mid-May.
In two-plus seasons of pro ball Quinn, the fastest player clocked for the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft, has stolen 84 bases in 106 attempts.
Quinn missed the first six weeks of the season due to a ruptured Achilles tendon while running wind sprints last October.
He said he failed to warm-up properly before the sprints.
He told a Philadelphia columnist he is close to 100 percent.
He also missed the 10 weeks of the 2013 season after breaking his wrist when hit by a pitch while with Lakewood in Class A.
Slated not to return until last June, at the earliest, Quinn was in the lineup May 19.
Quinn, 21, entered the season as the No. 10 prospect in the Phillies system according to Baseball America; he was ranked No. 4 by MLB.com.
During the course of his rehabilitation and days with the Threshers, Quinn also took on a change in position.
The Phillies drafted J.P. Crawford 16th overall last year and Crawford is rated the organization’s top prospect.
He is also, as was Quinn until June, a shortstop.
But when Crawford was promoted to the Threshers Quinn returned to centerfield, where he had played most of his games while a Port St. Joe Tiger Shark.
He has now played 42 games in centerfield while making just four errors, far below the pace at which he made errors at shortstop in his two previous years of pro ball.
The move also reflects the dearth of outfield prospects in the Phillies system.
“I miss shortstop a little bit,” Quinn told Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I worked pretty hard at shortstop and I was getting better at that position, but whatever is best for the organization.”
Nelson Prada, Clearwater manager, told Brookover he thought the move to center field would work out best for Quinn.
“In my opinion, when you move a guy from the infield to the outfield, it is more relaxing to him,” Prada told Brookover. “He’s going to cover a lot of ground out there, and with the kind of athlete he is I think he’s going to be very good in center field.”