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The Phillies shortstop prospect has been moved off the DL and into the fray of the Florida State League.

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Roman "A better Billy Hamilton?" Quinn has been shifted from the disabled list to the abled list, also known as the roster of the Clearwater Threshers.

21-year-old Quinn, the 66th overall pick of the 2011 draft, was part of the pile of decimated body parts that was the Phillies prospect report heading into 2014. A system that yearns for a hot prospect like the Phillies' took a hit with lost time for Quinn as well as young hurlers Adam Morgan and Shane Watson.

With the Williamsport Crosscutters in 2012, Quinn hit .281 with 75 hits, nine doubles, 11 triples, and 30 stolen bases (in 36 attempts) in 309 plate appearances. Last year with Lakewood, he hit .238 and stole 32 of 41 bases, with a broken wrist holding him up and an Achilles rupture in October.

Since then, he's gotten some tips from Ryan Howard on how there's never a good time for a horrifying Achilles injury and likely noticed when the Phillies drafted J.P. Crawford, a fellow shortstop, with the 16th pick in the 2013 draft.

Reportedly at about "70%" back in March, Quinn and his Achilles are operating as a team again, and the quick middle infielder is back in the mix.