Phillies Prospect #49: Arlon Quiroz

Arlon Quiroz came to the states for the first time in 2007 and continued to make strides in developing. He's a center fielder with some pretty strong skills that could put him well on the path to Philadelphia.

Acquired: Signed as an amateur free agent out of Venezuela.

B: S  T: Height:  6' 0" /  Weight: 170 lbs.

Birth Date: November 13, 1986

2007 Team(s): GCL Phillies (53 g), Clearwater (2 g)

Positions Played in 2007: CF (53 g), RF (1 g)

Batting and Power: Arlon Quiroz is one of those young players from the Phillies efforts in Venezuela that they believe could pay some dividends in the not too distant future. Quiroz has a pretty decent eye at the plate and actually improved his AB/K numbers in his first season in the states from one strikeout every 3.4 at bats to one every 4.3 at bats in 2007, while walking at exactly the same rate that he did in Venezuela. The Phillies worked with Quiroz in Venezuela to refine his swing, cutting it down and improving his mechanics and the change was like night and day. Now, Quiroz is able to have better bat control to go with his ability to discern a ball from a strike and he should have little trouble hitting for a decent average in the pros. As for power, that's simply not a part of his game, so don't look for much there.

Baserunning and Speed: Not only does Arlon Quiroz have above average speed, but he has the knack and instincts to use his speed well. In Venezuela, he stole bases at a success rate of 75% and pushed that to 80% in his first season in the states. His speed also comes in handy in center field, where it is assumed that Quiroz will see the majority of his time.

Defense: Quiroz has above average defensive skills and an arm that is surprisingly strong and accurate for a guy his size. He's worked on his defensive mechanics and uses his speed to get to balls hit into the gaps. He could conceivably play any of the three outfield positions, but figures on center field, where his speed will be best put to use.

Projection: With Quiroz being somewhat of an unknown quantity, the Phillies are likely to hold him back in extended camp before sending him to Williamsport for the start of their season in June. If there is a hole on the Lakewood roster though, Quiroz could be one of the first to jump in and fill a spot either for a short period of time or to see some extended action if all goes perfectly. He's got four out of the five tools, with power being the only real deficit. Some question just how high of an average he'll be able to post, but with his refined swing, good eye and developing skills, he shouldn't have much trouble hitting in the .270 to .280 range with a high on-base percentage.

Comparison: Some of the minor league staff have compared Quiroz to a very raw version of Michael Bourn, while others don't go quite that far. He's got decent talent and it's going to be interesting to see how he develops over the next couple of seasons and to see just how quickly he can climb the minor league ladder.

Arlon Quiroz' career stats

2005 VSL 1 5 .208 37 72 13 15 4 1 3 8 30 .321 .333 .654
2006 VSL 2 18 .288 69 243 52 70 12 4 31 41 72 .396 .395 .791
2007 GCL 2 17 .272 53 195 38 53 10 1 20 33 45 .378 .364 .742
2007 Clearwater 0 1 .667 2 3 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 .667 1.000 1.667
TOTALS 5 41 .273 161 413 104 140 27 6 54 82 148 .380 .378 .758

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