In the last 10 months, Roman Quinn ruptured his right Achilles tendon; changed positions; became the Phillies' best outfield prospect; and earned an assignment as the team's top-ticket player in the showcase Arizona Fall League.
The Phillies' minor-league system has had few success stories this season, a required caveat when analyzing it on a micro level. Quinn, a 21-year-old prospect, is one whose development did not regress.
"For me, he's going to be an impact player," said Joe Jordan, the Phillies' director of player development. "I still believe that."
The Phillies will send seven players to Arizona for more seasoning; only Quinn is considered a prospect. The next closest is righthanded reliever Colton Murray, a 13th-round pick who has a 2.30 ERA at double-A Reading with 57 strikeouts and 20 walks in 542/3 innings. The other players are catcher Logan Moore; pitchers Nefi Ogando, Ryan O'Sullivan, and Ethan Stewart; and a player to be named.