A 2016 draft pick will make arguably the Giants' most anticipated season debut Monday afternoon. Corner outfielder Heath Quinn, who was an absolute offensive force in the Northwest League in his pro debut, broke his hamate bone in spring training, and was forced to have a surgery with which Giants' personnel are all-too familiar. It inevitably delayed the completion of a California League lineup worthy of fearing.
The San Jose Giants will end their homestand with a weekday matinee finally able to feature one of the farm system's most well-rounded hitters in a batting order already jam-packed with talent. Quinn will join power-hitting bats like Aramis Garcia, Dillon Dobson, and Gio Brusa, as well as other notable prospects Bryan Reynolds, Ryan Howard, and Jalen Miller.
Hitting from the right side and hailing from Samford University in Connecticut, Quinn burst onto the prospect scene with gaudy numbers as a member of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. Quinn did it all, hitting for average, power, showing plate discipline, and striking out at an average rate. His slash line of .337/.423/.571 featuring a 10.9 BB% and 20.9 K% culminated in a league-leading 175 wRC+.
On the defensive side, Quinn's arm projects as the most useful tool. He recorded eight outfield assists in 55 games in 2016, and I witnessed first hand a strong, accurate arm on display in the Arizona League. Though I didn't capture any of his throws on camera, here's a preview of what you'll see at the plate. Quinn's strong hands and compact bat-to-ball swing produce power to all sides of the field.
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