Originally written on Phillies Nation  |  Last updated 2/5/12

Recently I had the opportunity to speak with the Phillies’ 2nd round selection from the 2011 draft, shortstop Roman Quinn. The 18-year-old signed late and did not play in any official professional games last year, but did participate in work outs with the Gulf Coast League Phillies and spent time in the Florida Instructional League.

Roman is a 5-foot-10-inch tall 170-pound switch-hitting shortstop that is highly praised for his speed and his adaptability. The exciting young talent is primed for a big year, potentially with the Class A short-season Williamsport Crosscutters.

I asked Roman about various topics including his friendship with 1st round draft pick Larry Greene Jr., his off-season thus far and plenty more. Check out the full interview below.

You didn’t play an official game after signing with the Phillies in 2011, but you spent time around the GCL club. What was that experience like and how was it beneficial to you?

I think it benefited me by seeing how fast the game was and meeting most of the coordinators and some of the players.


You seemed to be paired up with Larry Greene during that time. Did you guys bond a lot during that stint?

Yeah, me and Larry became real good friends. We learned a lot about each other while we were in Clearwater.


How would you scout yourself as a player? What are your strengths?

I’m very athletic, plus-plus speed, great arm, I have gap power from both sides, and I can play more than one position. All those things aside, I’m young and still have a lot to learn about this game.


What have you been doing this off-season to prepare for your first year as a pro?

I been working on pretty much everything. Switch hitting is still kind of new to me but I’m getting a lot of reps on that side, so I’m starting to feel like a natural lefty, of course bunting on both sides because that is a big part of my game, taking a lot of ground balls at shortstop and working on my fielding technique, speed drills, and working out in the weight room.


I know you made some extra income this off-season, by signing insert cards
for a trading card company. What details can you share about that experience? Were those the first autographs you signed?

The name of the company was Panini and I signed, like, a thousand stickers for them (to be applied to their products) and got something in return. Yes, it was my first autograph signing for an actual company.


Your twitter handle is @baseballswag4. Does that handle speak on your confidence level?

Yeah, it pretty much speaks on my confidence and my girlfriend said I need to add a little bit of style to my Twitter name. So there it is.

What has surprised you the most about being a professional ball player?

Knowing that I have people that are willing to help me get to the big show and achieve my goals.


And one last thing…what is your favorite spot to eat at in Clearwater?

My favorite place to eat in Clearwater is Smokey Bones.

_________________________________________________

Image- Joe Wombough

Jay Floyd is PhilliesNation’s minor league insider.  You can check out more from Jay by visiting his site, PhoulBallz.com.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Patriots restructure Rob Gronkowski's contract

Agent: Rory McIlroy not booked for PGA Championship practice

Tom Brady, NFL to appear before judge on August 12

Report: Bradford, Eagles hope to sign short-term extension

Aaron Rodgers: TV networks have ‘too much access’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Adrian Beltre completes cycle, gets mad when assaulted

Gruden had to convince Dan Snyder to bench RG3

Jim Mora turns P. Diddy fight into recruiting pitch for UCLA

Illinois releases results of women's basketball probe

Richie Incognito named starter by Rex Ryan

DeMarco Murray isn't thrilled Eagles limited reps in practice

Would Phil Jackson have taken Towns or Okafor first overall?

Seven Big 12 Heisman candidates for 2015

Will Manziel be good enough to be Browns’ backup plan?

Cowboys exec on Dez fight: 'I do think it's a good thing'

Baseball season in New York has been better than expected

WATCH: Giants players fight during training camp

Lindsey Vonn shows support for Tiger Woods on Twitter

Report: Rousey to star in film based on her autobiography

Porn star offers to cook meal for any sports champion

Why everyone is wrong about Cowboys Tony Romo, Part 1

Oregon was only team drug tested during CFB Playoff?

Five 2nd year NBA players ready to take the next step

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Adrian Beltre gets mad when assaulted after HR

Lindsey Vonn shows support for Tiger

Notre Dame doesn't need a conference

Rex takes jabs at Jets' management

Sanchez: It's 'crazy' to call Chip racist

Ronda Rousey calls out Cyborg

Five most underrated players in the NFL

Five potential NFL salary cap casualties this preseason

Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Pirates do Pirates at deadline: Neat little moves

Mets acquire Cespedes from Tigers

Ranking the NFL’s 32 head coaches

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker