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Quincy Nieporte Interview – 2017

This is another in a series of interviews by Steve Potter.

Spotlight : Quincy Nieporte

Quincy is the Phillies 26th round draft pick in this year’s draft from Florida State University. He’s a right handed hitting first baseman who’s 22 years old and played three years at Florida State (after spending his freshman year at Tallahassee Community College). He hit .316 over the course of his college career with an OBP of .391 with 29 home runs and 229 RBI’s in 854 at bats and also had 53 doubles.

He’s from the Atlanta, Georgia area and is from an athletic family. His mom played tennis for four years at Florida State, his grandfather played on the PGA tour and his uncle Jay was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 1985 draft. Quincy graduated from St. Pius X high school in Atlanta and helped lead his high school team to the 2010 regional championship.

He’s gotten off to a great start playing for the GCL Phillies in Clearwater hitting .400/.486/.900 with an OPS of 1.386 in 8 games (30 at bats) with 4 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs and 7 RBI’s.

Recently I was able to correspond with Quincy and ask him some questions, here is the Q and A :

When did you find out you had been drafted and where were you?  What was your reaction?

“I was back home at school at Florida State after a super regional practice. I think I was more relieved than anything because I knew I was good enough to continue my career on the professional level.”

I read you were the “DJ” of the FSU locker room, at Carpenter Complex music is played for practice, if you were the “DJ” what would be playing?

“I would play a lot of oldies and also 90’s and early 2000’s hip hop. Also sneak some Spanish songs in for my fellow teammates.”

How has the transition to pro ball been? What’s different about your daily routine ?

“It is definitely different but the coaching staff and training staff has made it very simple for me. The biggest difference is the early start and the fact that we play everyday.”

You’ve gotten off to a strong start in the GCL, how has playing in Tallahassee helped you in playing noon games in the Clearwater heat?

“I think just playing in Florida for the last four years in college has helped me realize how to play in the hot weather. It’s easy to give it your all for 9 innings (sometimes more) because you know you will have the rest of the day to recover.”

Growing up in the Atlanta area what is your knowledge of the Phillies fan base?

“I know that the Phillies have great fans and also very passionate about all their sports. I am excited to be able to bring some of my personality to the big stage in a few years for them.”

What do you consider the strong suits of your game? As a hitter what’s your approach?

“I would say my strong suits would be my offensive threat and also my baseball IQ. As a senior signee, especially at Florida State, I feel like I have been molded to be a very mature and aware player.”

First and early impressions of Carpenter Complex and the Phillies training regimen?

“It is unbelievable. Everything you need to succeed as a ballplayer is all in one place.”

As you progress thru the system what should Phillies fans expect to see from you on the field and your approach to the game?

“I would say the fans should expect to see a guy who is willing to do whatever it takes for the team to win. I am also a very energetic guy who loves the game and loves to have fun. I would also say that I am an odd person that has a great sense of humor and tries to entertain the fans as often as possible in order to keep the fans guessing and enjoying their time at the ballpark.”

Thanks to Quincy for taking the time to answer my questions, I hope he has a long and very successful pro baseball career with the Phillies.

(Editor’s note: I’m not real good at the comp game, but here goes.  Quincy reminds me of Jake Fox.  Same height and weight.  Similar build.  Appears to have a similar approach at the plate.  When he makes solid contact, he hits the ball hard.)

Box Score Recap – 7/23/2017

The organization went oh-fer on Sunday.  Ben Lively pitched well for the IronPigs.  Each affiliate had one player knock a home run – LHV: Stassi (2), REA: Stankiewicz (1), CLR: W. Garcia (9), LAK: Hall (19), and WPT: Listi (2).  Carlos Tocci had 5 RBI in a losing cause.

Continue reading Box Score Recap – 7/23/2017

Box Score Recap – 7/22/2017

Lehigh Valley cruised, Brandon Leibrandt won his 4th consecutive game, the Bash Brothers bashed.

Reading was defeated in a rain-shortened game..

Clearwater won as Harold Arauz bailed out starter Franklyn Kilome.

Lakewood won behind Adonis Medina’s gem, Darick Hall added an RBI to his league-leading 72.

Williamsport won, Connor Brogdon earned his first professional win.

The GCL Phillies split a double header. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 7/22/2017

Under the Microscope: Sixto Sanchez, by John Yarusinsky

Here’s another article from John Yarusinsky.  John sent it to me soon after he watched Sixto Sanchez pitch against the Rome Braves on July 12th.  I was hesitant to publish it.  I didn’t want to fan the flames of “Sixto-mania”.  But, it’s and introspective look at a remarkable young pitcher who turns nineteen next week (July 29th).  Enjoy. Continue reading Under the Microscope: Sixto Sanchez, by John Yarusinsky

Box Score Recap – 7/21/2017

Lehigh Valley lost as Rhys Hoskins hit his 21st home run, Scott Kingery his fifth.

Reading won as Jose Taveras made his AA debut but didn’t figure in the decision.

Clearwater lost as Seranthony Dominguez made his long-awaited return.

Lakewood lost but Darick Hall picked up his league-leading 71st RBI.

Williamsport won, Connor Seabold notched his first professional win.

The GCL Phillies were postponed due to heavy morning rain. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 7/21/2017

Box Score Recap – 7/20/2017

Lehigh Valley crushed Durham in front of a lot of scouts.

Reading and Cole Irvin prevailed, Mitch Walding homered, as did rehabbing Howie Kendrick.  Jose Taveras was promoted from Clearwater.

Clearwater wasted a fine pitching effort by Edgar Garcia.

Lakewood split a double header.

Williamsport won with Kyle Young on the mound.  Colby Fitch hit his first professional home run.

The GCL Phillies couldn’t hold onto a 4-run lead. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 7/20/2017

Box Score Recap – 7/19/2017

Lehigh Valley won, Zach Eflin pitched well, Dylan Cozens got his 60th RBI.

Reading lost, Carlos Tocci raised his average to .310..

Clearwater and Lakewood were shut out.

Williamsport won by ten, Jake Scheiner had 4 RBI, Nick Maton had 4 hits.

Francisco Morales started a home game, and Ben Brown made his professional debut for the GCL Phillies. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 7/19/2017

Box Score Recap – 7/18/2017

Ranger Suarez made his second start since his promotion to the Threshers.  He faced the Dunedin Blue Jays in both starts.  This familiarity did not help the Blue Jays.  Nor did the addition of top prospects Bo Bichette and Vlad Guerrero Jr. in the interim.

Suarez has held the Jays scoreless in ten innings.  He has given up 8 hits, walked three, and struck out 17.  The 21-year old lefty was particularly effective last night in Clearwater’s victory.  More below. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 7/18/2017

Box Score Recap – 7/17/2017

Lakewood’s Nick Fanti no-hit Charleston and Henri Lartigue provided all the offense with his seventh HR.

Lehigh Valley beat Gwinnett with a 5-run ninth.  J.P. Crawford hit his eighth home run.

Reading rushed out to a ten-run lead over New Hampshire.

The GCL Phillies rallied in the ninth only to let the game slip away in the bottom of the inning.

Clearwater and Williamsport were rained out.
Continue reading Box Score Recap – 7/17/2017