Good news, bad news for 2 Phillies prospects

Good news, bad news for 2 Phillies prospects
November 6, 2013, 1:15 pm
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Roman Quinn had been rated the Phillies' fifth-best prospect heading into 2014 by Baseball America. (PHOTO: Joe Wombough)

Some good news and some bad news from the Phillies’ minor-league system:

The good: Catcher Tommy Joseph, fully recovered from a concussion that cost him most of the 2013 season, is headed to Latin America to play in the Dominican winter league.

The bad: Shortstop Roman Quinn has ruptured his right Achilles tendon and will be out of action indefinitely.

Joe Jordan, the Phillies’ director of player development, said Quinn ruptured his Achilles tendon running sprints during an offseason workout near his home in Florida.

“It just popped,” Jordan said. “He thought he stepped in a hole. It’s really a tough one.”

Quinn, 20, was the Phillies’ second-round pick in 2011. He was rated the organization’s second-best prospect by Baseball America heading into the 2013 season. The publication recently tabbed him as the Phillies’ fifth-best prospect entering 2014. The slip downward can at least be partially attributed to Quinn’s missing significant time in 2013 with a fractured bone in his left wrist.

Quinn has already had surgery on his right Achilles and begun a rehab program. Given that he will be down for a while, Quinn may also have surgery to speed the recovery of his slow-healing wrist, Jordan said.

Quinn is a speedy switch-hitter who debuted in pro ball with 11 triples and 30 stolen bases while hitting .281 in 66 games at Single A Williamsport in 2012. He was hitting .238 with 32 steals in 67 games at Single A Lakewood in 2013 when he was hit by a pitch and suffered a fractured wrist on June 24. He missed the rest of the season.

“This is really unfortunate,” Jordan said of Quinn’s injury. “He’s a speed guy. It’s definitely going to set him back because his legs are such a big part of his game.”

Quinn was slated to play with a group of young prospects this month at the Phillies’ developmental academy in the Dominican Republic. There is no timetable for his return.

“Obviously, next year is going to be impacted,” Jordan said. “We just have to see how he heals. We might be looking at the second half of the year. It would be great if we can get that.”

The Phillies’ top five prospects, according to Baseball America are slugging third baseman Maikel Franco; left-handed pitcher Jesse Biddle; shortstop J.P. Crawford (the team’s top pick in the 2013 draft); right-handed pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez; and Quinn.

 Joseph had been hoping to play winter ball and got his wish when the Estrellas de Oriente ballclub of San Pedro de Macoris reached out looking for a catcher. Joseph was en route to the Dominican Republic on Wednesday and was hoping to be in the lineup on Thursday night.

Joseph played in just 36 minor-league games in 2013 and is eager to test himself behind the plate. More on his recovery from a concussion in this story

 In other news, Scott Freedman of the MLB commissioner’s office has joined the Phillies' front office and will work in further developing the club’s analytics program.

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