Philly.com Sports, the online version of the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper, this week provided its rundown of the top prospects in the Philadelphia Phillies organization.
Written by staff writers Bob Brookover and Matt Gelb, the list is, as the writers noted, like trying to predict the new president four years from now.
“I don’t remember anybody having Darin Ruf on their list last year,” said Joe Jordan, the Phillies’ director of player development, mentioning a prospect shooting up lists.
But with less than 10 days left before pitchers and catchers report to Phillies’ camp in Clearwater for spring training, the writers compiled their list. Jordan was not part of compiling the list, but agreed to provide comment on the players listed, the writers wrote.
And coming at No. 4 on the list was Port St. Joe’s Roman Quinn, coming off a record performance in his first season of pro ball at short-season Class A Williamsport (PA).
The writers wrote, “As a shortstop, a switch-hitter and a second-round pick, Quinn is bound to be compared to Jimmy Rollins, a 1996 second-round pick, as he climbs the minor-league ladder. His 30 stolen bases were six more than any player in the New York-Penn League and his 11 triples were five more than any player.”
Jordan’s comments: “There is not a higher-ceiling player in our system if everything comes together and clicks. Roman has a lot of work to do, but what he brings to the table is really exciting. Last year was his first as a full-time shortstop and his first as a full-time switch hitter. We need to take our time with him, but he has a chance to impact the game in a lot of ways.”