Roman Quinn has developed a reputation for his wheels. Unfortunately for him and the Phillies, it appears he's blown a tire.
Quinn was coming off what was already an injury-riddled season for the 20-year-old shortstop. He owned a .238/.323/.346 slash line with five homers, 21 RBIs and 32 stolen bases in 67 games for Class A Lakewood. His attempt at a first full Minor League campaign was cut short in June after he suffered a fractured bone in his left wrist.
The 2011 second-round pick was running sprints near his Florida home this offseason when he went down with the latest malady, Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan told Salisbury. He has already undergone surgery and could now have an additional procedure on his wrist, given that he is expected to be away from the game for quite some time.
"This is really unfortunate," Jordan told CSNPhilly.com. "He's a speed guy. It's definitely going to set him back because his legs are such a big part of his game."
There is no immediate timetable for Quinn's return to the diamond, but the organization is already planning as if his first full season won't come until 2015 at the earliest.
"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 switch-hitter batted .281 with a .778 OPS and 30 steals in 66 games for Class A Short-Season Williamsport en route to a spot among the Phillies Organization All-Stars in 2012.
Only Jesse Biddle and Maikel Franco currently rank ahead of him in the Phillies system, according to MLB.com, as he checks in at No. 99 overall. The web site grades him at an 8 (out of possible 8) in terms of run tool.