There are 19 games left in the Phillies season and according to manager Pete Mackanin, the name Roman Quinn is going to be on a lot of his final 19 lineup cards. Quinn and catcher Jorge Alfaro were informed after the Reading Fightins lost to Trenton in Game Four of the ELDS that they were going to be heading for Washington to join the Phillies for the final game of their series against the Nationals.
Quinn was in the lineup, playing his usual center field and batting second, behind Cesar Hernandez. His major league debut consisted of an 0-for-3 day, but he did draw a walk and make a nice running grab on a line drive hit by Jayson Werth in the bottom of the first inning.
Mackanin told reporters, including CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury, that Quinn would be playing "a lot."
Quinn and Alfaro were both already on the Phillies' 40-man roster, so they didn't have to clear spots for them, which helped make the decision to move them to the majors a little easier.Quinn - and possibly Alfaro - could be on the Phillies radar for a spot with the club starting next season, which is why they wanted to get a look at them in the final weeks of the regular season.
Quinn has primarily played center field since being moved from shortstop to the outfield in 2014 when they determined that J.P. Crawford was the better infield prospect, but wanted to keep Quinn in the organization. This season, Quinn did play six games in left field and four in right field. Current Phillies center fielder, Odubel Herrera could potentially move to a corner outfield spot or might be traded, following a second-half slide that has seen him .240 since the all-star break, while batting .294 in the first-half of the season. Herrera was a Rule 5 pick in December of 2014 and hit .297 with 30 doubles last season. He's hitting .275 this season with 16 doubles, although he has drawn considerably more walks, raising his on-base percentage from .344 to .355 this season.
The biggest knock on Quinn is that he is injury prone and hasn't played more than 88 games in a season since being drafted by the Phillies in the second round of the 2011 Draft out of Port St. Joe High School in Florida. Quinn, 23, missed time this season with a strained oblique and a concussion.
As for Alfaro, the Phillies will have some decisions to make behind the plate, with Cameron Rupp (15-48-.259/.313/.458) emerging as a number-one catcher this season, which helped to hasten the trade of Carlos Ruiz to the Dodgers. The Phillies did get veteran catcher A.J. Ellis back in the trade, but Ellis is eligible for free agency following the season. Besides Alfaro, the Phillies also have Andrew Knapp at AAA Lehigh Valley. Knapp hit 8-46-.266/.330/.390 with the IronPigs. Alfaro hit 15-67-.285/.325/.458 at AA Reading this year, and is generally considered to be the Phillies catcher of the future.
While Reading was eliminated Saturday night, prompting the recall of Alfaro and Quinn, the IronPigs were swept in three games by Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and were eliminated Friday night. Following that game, the Phillies recalled pitchers Luis Garcia and Phil Klein, and outfielder/infielder Cody Asche. Left-handed reliever Joely Rodriguez had his contract purchased from Lehigh Valley, while infielder Taylor Featherston was designated for assignment.
In addition to Quinn making his major league debut Sunday, Rodriguez also made his major league debut, throwing one-third of an inning to get the final out in the bottom of the eighth.