Quinn in September 2018
|Philadelphia Phillies – No. 24|
|Born: May 14, 1993|
Port St. Joe, Florida
|September 11, 2016, for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Career statistics |
(through April 24, 2019)
|Runs batted in||19|
The Phillies selected Quinn in the second round of the 2011 MLB draft. In 2012, he was a mid-season New York–Penn League All Star, an MiLB.com Phillies Organization All Star, and led the league in stolen bases, runs, and triples. Playing in 2014 first in the Florida State League, he led the Phillies minor league organization in stolen bases, and then playing in the Arizona Fall League he led the league in stolen bases and was named to the AFL's Top Prospects Team, an AFL Rising Star, as well as an MiLB.com Phillies Organization All Star. In 2015, he was an Eastern League mid-season All-Star.
He made his major league debut in 2016. In 2018, Quinn had the second-fastest average sprint speed of all MLB players.
High school career
Quinn was born in Port St. Joe, Florida. He attended Port St. Joe High School, playing baseball, football, and basketball (at point guard), and graduating in 2011. In 2010, in baseball he batted .458. He was named a 2011 Rawlings 2nd-Team Preseason All-American. He received a two-year football scholarship offer from Florida State University to play quarterback. Baseball America named him the fastest player in the BA Top 200 baseball pre-2011-draft report, observing that "he’s a true top-of-the-scale runner with game-changing speed."
The Philadelphia Phillies selected Quinn in the second round, with the 66th overall selection, of the 2011 MLB draft. He signed with the Phillies, forgoing his college scholarship for a $775,000 signing bonus. A right-handed hitter for his high school baseball team, the Phillies encouraged Quinn to attempt switch hitting.
Quinn made his professional debut in 2012 with the Williamsport Crosscutters of the Class A-Short Season New York–Penn League where he was a mid-season All Star and an MiLB.com Phillies Organization All-Star. He batted .281/.370/.408 with a league-leading 30 stolen bases while being caught six times in 66 games, and also led the league in runs (56) and triples (11), was 4th in hit by pitch (HBP; 11), tied for 8th in total bases (109), and tied for 9th in hits (75). Baseball America ranked Quinn as the 2nd-best prospect in the Phillies minor league system, and the 100th-best prospect in baseball heading into the 2013 season.
He began the 2013 season with the Lakewood BlueClaws of the Class A South Atlantic League. Quinn was the Phillies Minor League Player of the Week for the week ended May 26. After batting .238/.323/.346 with 32 stolen bases (9th in the league) in 67 games, he was hit by a pitch with left him with a hairline fracture of his right wrist on June 24, and he missed the remainder of the season. After the 2013 season, Quinn tore his right achilles tendon during a workout. Baseball America named him the 5th-best prospect in the Phillies minor league system.
Quinn played for the Clearwater Threshers of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League in 2014. He missed the first six weeks of the season while recovering from the torn Achilles tendon. The Phillies moved Quinn from shortstop to center field when the Phillies promoted J. P. Crawford to Clearwater in June. He was named the Phillies Minor League Player of the Week for the week ended August 3. He batted .257/.343/.370 for the season with 32 stolen bases (3rd in the league, and most in the Phillies minor league system), 9 HBP (tied for 5th), and 6 sacrifice hits (tied for 8th) in 88 games. Baseball America named him the 7th-best prospect in the Phillies minor league system. The Phillies assigned Quinn to the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League following the 2014 season, and he led the league in stolen bases (14), was second in runs (19), and fourth in walks (16), and named to the AFL's Top Prospects Team, an AFL Rising Star, as well as an MiLB.com Phillies Organization All Star.
Quinn played the 2015 season with the Reading Fightin Phils of the Class AA Eastern League. He was an Eastern League mid-season All-Star. He batted .306/.356/.435 with 29 stolen bases (3rd in the league), six triples (tied for fourth), and seven sacrifice hits (8th) in 58 games. Baseball America named him the 9th-best prospect in the Phillies minor league system. The Phillies added him to their 40-man roster after the season.
He returned to Reading in 2016, batting .287/.361/.441 with 31 stolen bases (6th in the league) while being caught eight times, and with 6 triples (tied for 10th), in 71 games. Quinn was recalled by the Phillies on September 11 after the Reading season ended, batting .263/.373/.333 with 5 stolen bases in six attempts in 15 games. In one notable play, he threw out a runner at home from center field with a 96-mph throw.
In March 2017 Baseball America named Quinn as being the third-fastest baserunner of all minor league players, and the fifth-best athlete. Quinn played for Triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2017. He batted .274/.344/.389 with 10 stolen bases in 45 games.
In April 2018 Baseball America named Quinn as having the second-best speed of all minor league players, behind Jorge Mateo. Quinn began 2018 playing for Lehigh Valley, but in late May he suffered a torn ligament in his right middle finger while diving into a base. He had surgery to repair the ligament, and was out for two months. In the minors in 2018, in 106 at bats he hit .302/.362/.443 with 14 stolen bases in 16 attempts.
On July 27, 2018, he was recalled by the Phillies. On August 21, he hit his first major league homer, against the Washington Nationals. For the season, in 131 at bats for the Phillies, in which he primarily played center field, he batted .260/.317/.412 with 10 stolen bases (tied for 3rd among NL rookies) in 14 attempts, despite playing the last month with a broken pinky toe. He came in second to Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton of all MLB players in average sprint speed, at 30.2 feet per second.
Quinn was sidelined from April 25, 2019 with a Grade 2 right groin strain. On May 19, Quinn announced that he would abandon switch-hitting and become a purely right-handed hitter after returning from his injury.
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