With the San Francisco Giants' first selection in the 2016 draft Bryan Reynolds not signing until Wednesday evening, for 1.35 million, the next best showcase as the Arizona Rookie League began Monday was third-round selection Heath Quinn.
The right-handed right-fielder from Samford University did not disappoint.
At the plate, Quinn went 3-for-5 with a double, two walks, and a strikeout in the two games he appeared, batting in the fifth slot and playing right field. His double was loud, and came on a high fastball driven to the opposite field down the right field line (0:27 mark). I got a good sense for his basepath speed on this play, as well, as he scooted to second base showing slightly above-average speed for his size. Listed at 6'2", 190 pounds, he looked to be a bit thicker than that. His speed reminds me of Mac Williamson, but not quite as fast as Jarrett Parker.
Defensively, a ground ball into right field during game two gave Quinn the chance to display his arm, to which he made a stellar first impression. He kept the runner rounding third frozen as Quinn's throw came in quickly and accurately without a hop.
Quinn was patient at the plate, waiting for the opportunity to attack mistakes. He used both sides of the field with his three hits, as his two singles went over or through the shortstop to go along with his opposite field double. No home run power on display, but we certainly know what he's capable of, considering this opposite-field bullet from his last season at Samford.
His 2015 Cape Cod numbers were outstanding, finishing the campaign fourth in the league in slugging (.486) with eight doubles, two triples, and four home runs, as well as a .317 average, which was seventh best.
It's hard to imagine Quinn will spend much more time in Arizona. Polished college hitters drafted as high as him make their way to Salem-Keizer rather quickly, like Williamson (2012, 3rd round) who recorded 17 at-bats in the AZL before heading to the Pacific Northwest. Or Dylan Davis (2014, 3rd round) who moved up after 37 at-bats. Or even last year's first-rounder Chris Shaw, who was shipped to Salem-Keizer immediately.
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