Quinn was drafted by the Phillies back in 2011 and spent a decade with the organization. He was long viewed as an important prospect for the Phils, cracking Baseball America’s list of the team’s best prospects in seven straight years from 2012 to 2018. However, part of the reason he was on those lists for so long is because injuries kept him from playing enough to exhaust his prospect status. Despite appearing in five different MLB seasons, he’s still only played 178 games in his career and never more than 50 in any individual season.
Now 28 years old, 29 next month, Quinn is still viewed favorably for his speed and defense, as he always has been. The problem thus far, besides the injury issue, has been his bat. He’s only a .228/.306/.355 hitter in his MLB career, a line that amounts to a 78 wRC+. Though he does have 39 steals in that time. Last year, his season was shut down in June due to surgery on his left Achilles.
Quinn was eligible for arbitration for the first time after finally reaching three years of service time last year, but Philly designated him for assignment in November. He was signed by the Marlins to a minor league deal but didn’t crack the roster out of spring and was released.
For the Phillies, this deal is a no-risk way of bolstering their outfield depth, which has taken some hits in recent weeks, particularly in center. Odubel Herrera landed on the IL with a strained oblique. Adam Haseley was somewhat surprisingly dealt to the White Sox, with the club hoping to lean on a platoon of Matt Vierling and Mickey Moniak in center. However, Moniak hit the IL yesterday with a fracture in his right hand, further depleting their depth up the middle.