Despite signing Right Fielder Bryce Harper to a record breaking 13 year deal last winter, the Phillies outfield was still an area of uncertainty in 2019. Andrew McCutchen and Odubel Herrera -who is still technically in the organization- missed the majority of the season, and neither player is expected to make the opening day roster this season.
McCutchen is still recovering from a torn ACL he suffered last June, and Herrera is no longer a part of the 40 Man Roster. Veteran Outfielders Jay Bruce and Corey Dickerson -who were acquired via trade mid-season-also missed significant time due to injury. Speaking of injuries, it appears that Roman Quinn is fully healthy (finally) and ready to make an impact in 2020. The 2011 2nd round selection has been on the Phillies radar for a while, and is starting to come into his own.
Quinn’s pure combination of speed and hustle have caught the eye of a number of personnel in the organization, including his new Manager, Joe Girardi. It appears his bat is finally starting to come around, which could be enough to give him the starting nod in Center Field come Opening Day. He most certainly would serve as an upgrade defensively over Adam Haseley, and his ability to switch hit could give him an advantage over other young outfielders on the roster.
Unlike years past, his spot on the team should not be in question, especially with the newly expanded 26 man rosters. Even if Quinn doesn’t play everyday, he can serve as a defensive replacement late in games, and as a speed threat off the bench late in games as a pinch runner. If Roman can get off to a hot start, and more importantly stay healthy, there is no doubt in my mind that he can play a key role on this team this season, and beyond.