Heath Quinn is right on track for the "top-five round pick, college hitter, handles Northwest League with ease" treatment come next spring's assignments. Like previous players that fit that category (i.e. Brandon Belt, Mac Williamson, Chris Shaw), Quinn should skip the South Atlantic League and be part of what will likely be another talented group in San Jose to start to 2017 season.
Quinn is on a nine-game hitting streak within a 15-game on-base streak, continued Thursday night in Eugene with a 1-for-3 showing that included two walks and a double. During the 15-game stretch, Quinn has 21 hits, including four doubles and three home runs, as well as eight walks. He's played 30 pro games thus far, and is slashing .336/.424/.504 with a 15.9 percent strikeout rate.
Compared to other players, like previously mentioned Belt, Williamson, and Shaw, here is how they stack up after their first 30 games (roughly 120 to 140 PA):
- Heath Quinn: .336/.424/.504, 10 2B, 3 HR, 9.8 BB%, 15.9 K%
- Chris Shaw: .280/.368/.475, 5 2B, 6 HR, 11.0 BB%, 19.9 K%
- Mac Williamson: .295/.346/.574, 7 2B, 9 HR, 5.2 BB%, 17.2 K%
- Brandon Belt: .390/.496/.590, 11 2B, 3 HR, 16.8 BB%, 10.4 K%
The most obvious takeaway from this comparison is that Belt was a bonafide star right out of the gate, especially considering he skipped three leagues and went straight to the California League to join the San Jose Giants. But come this time next year, we could be talking about Quinn the same way we talked about Shaw this year, or Williamson in his 31 double, 25 home run 2013 season.
— Steven Duggar has 20 hits in his last 11 games. Though most have been singles, Duggar is getting on base at a phenomenal rate. His .531 on-base percentage over the stretch includes six walks, which gives him a total of 56 on the year. That's a way-above average walk rate of 13.1 percent. Since joining the Double-A squad, Duggar is slashing .314/.379/.431.
— Sam Coonrod had one of his best, if not his very best Double-A start on Thursday for the Flying Squirrels, going seven strong innings and throwing a ton of strikes. He threw 60 strikes out of a total 93 in seven frames, striking out four and allowing one earned run on four hits and one walk. He's gone six or more innings five out of seven times since his promotion, putting up a 3.30 ERA but walking almost one batter per two innings.
— Recording his 25th steal of the year in Thursday's Augusta GreenJackets game was 19-year-old Lucius Fox. He's been caught seven times in his debut season, and has an on-base percentage of just .309. Once he gets that up, Fox could easily steal 40 bags in a full year.
— Chris Shaw may be coming out of his big Double-A slump, going 3-for-4 with a 400-foot triple Thursday night. After recording just six hits (.090) over a previous 17-game stretch, Shaw has four hits, including a double and a triple, and two walks in his last nine plate appearances.
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Phil Bickford: DNP
- Christian Arroyo: 3-for-5, 4 R, 2B, RBI, SB
- Tyler Beede: DNP
- Chris Shaw: 3-for-4, 3B, R, RBI
- Lucius Fox: 2-for-5, R, SO, SB
- Bryan Reynolds: DNP
- Sam Coonrod: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
- Aramis Garcia: DNP
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K
- Steven Duggar: 2-for-5, 2B, RBI, SO, CS
- Steven Okert: DNP
- Rodolfo Martinez: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
- C.J. Hinojosa: DNP
- Clayton Blackburn: DNP
- Jalen Miller: 3-for-5, R, SO, SB
- Ray Black: DNP
- Dylan Davis: 1-for-4, R, RBI, SO
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Heath Quinn: 1-for-3, R, 2B, 2 BB, SO
- Matt Krook: DNP
- Hunter Cole: DNP
- Austin Slater: DNP
- Michael Santos: DNP
- Ty Blach: DNP
- Reyes Moronta: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
- Kyle Crick: DNP
- Chris Stratton: 7 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
- Cory Taylor: DNP