Jose Quintana delivered another strong season of 200-plus innings, his fourth in a row. This time it finally resulted in more than nine wins -- a mark he'd been stuck on for three years running. He saw his home run rate inch upward, but maintained his solid strikeout and walk rates over a career-high 208 innings. He probably deserved even more than 13 wins, but he suffered an 0-7 record in a nine-start run from mid-May through June, during which he had five quality starts and only two real blowups. The only major change in approach from previous seasons was that he leaned on his fastball a career-high 66.5 percent of the time. Despite career bests in ERA and WHIP, there weren't enough gains from Quintana to believe it's some new level. He is a mid-3.00s ERA, 1.20s-WHIP pitcher, who is about as bankable of a 200-inning arm as is available.
Quintana was named the Opening Day starter for the White Sox on Friday, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports. This shouldn't come as much of a surprise, as Quintana was the clear frontrunner after the White Sox traded Chris Sale to the Red Sox in the offseason. The 28-year-old is coming off his best season yet, earning his first All-Star Game selection after posting a 3.20 ERA with 181 strikeouts across 208 innings.
Quintana allowed two hits without a walk and struck out three over seven brilliant innings Thursday against the Reds, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports. With more than a dozen scouts looking on, Quintana filled their notebooks as he retired the first 17 batters faced and needed just 79 pitches. He tossed a few more in the bullpen to get up around 90. He's ahead of most pitchers because he prepared himself to pitch in the World Baseball Classic. With one final outing next week before the start of the regular season, Quintana still hasn't been named the White Sox's starter for Opening Day, though he's on schedule for that honor. By not naming him, the team leaves open the possibility of trading him.
Quintana threw 81 pitches over six innings in a minor league game Saturday, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports. Quintana has resumed his throwing program following a brief stint with Team Colombia in the World Baseball Classic. He'll get two more spring starts and is on schedule to start the White Sox's home opener April 3 against the Tigers.
Quintana, whose Team Colombia was eliminated from the World Baseball Classic, has returned to the White Sox training camp, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. White Sox manager Rick Renteria told Paul Skrbina of the Chicago Tribune that he expects Quintana to be on a normal routine but the pitcher and pitching coach Don Cooper will work out a plan to get him ready for the regular season. The left-hander is expected to start the season as Chicago's No. 1 starter.
Quintana allowed just one run on one hit and one walk with four strikeouts over 5.2 innings but was left with a no-decision Friday against the United States in the World Baseball Classic. Quintana was efficient, as he needed just 63 pitches (49 strikes) to record 17 outs. He used the gigantic outfield in Marlins Park brilliantly to induce eight fly ball outs. Keeping a lineup as powerful as this one under wraps is impressive no matter how big the outfield is, though, and Quintana looks like he's in great form to continue what has been consistently excellent performances for the White Sox over the past four seasons.