The first professional baseball season of Roman Quinn’s career was as successful as his second year was frustrating.
After a record-breaking year in short-season Class A ball in 2012, Quinn, the former multi-sport standout out of Port St. Joe High School, was ranked as the No. 4 prospect in the Philadelphia Phillies’ farm system by the online version of the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper.
Quinn set Williamsport club records for stolen bases and triples his first professional season and anticipation was high as he headed into this second season.
But at full-season Class A Lakewood, Quinn was challenged before his season ended with a broken wrist in June.
Quinn struggled early, at the plate and in the field.
While he continued to steal bases almost at will, his batting average was below .250 most of the season.
He hit an early inside-the-park home run and then struggled with power, particularly from the left side of the plate as he continued to learn to switch-hit on the fly.
In the field, habits that showed in high school, especially throwing, plagued the second-round draft pick also learning shortstop in the crucible of everyday action.
The season ended in late June with a broken wrist and Quinn finished with a .231 batting average, .669 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) and 31 errors.