Quantrill allowed two runs on two hits and three walks with one strikeout in two innings in Friday's 10-3 loss to the Reds. After starter Logan Allen lasted just two innings, Quantrill was one of four relievers to pick up the slack. The two runs were the first against him this season. Quantrill has a 2.57 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and four strikeouts across seven innings. Expect the right-hander to continue in a long-relief role with the potential to draw a spot start if necessary.
Quantrill pitched two innings, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out one during Monday's 4-3 loss to the White Sox. Quantrill worked the sixth and seventh innings. He wasn't at his best, but the right-hander didn't let his mistakes pile up. The 26-year-old has seen time as a starter in 2019, but he worked mostly as a reliever in 2020 and appears set to continue in that role this year. He hasn't allowed a run in three innings over two appearances to start 2021, and he's posted three strikeouts.
Quantrill will open the season in a relief role, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports. The writing was on the wall when the 26-year-old threw one frame in relief Friday after Logan Allen started and covered five innings, and Cleveland has now confirmed its rotation plans to begin 2021. Quantrill primarily operated out of the bullpen last season and pitched well with a 2.25 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 31:8 K:BB over 32 innings between Cleveland and San Diego. The right-hander could be called upon to start later in the season, but for now he'll work as a reliever.
Quantrill appears to have lost his bid for a rotation spot, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Quantrill and Logan Allen are competing for Cleveland's final rotation role, and their respective usage Friday against the Rockies suggests Allen has won the job. Allen started and threw five innings, while Quantrill appeared in relief for just a single frame. The team hasn't officially announced the winner of the job, but that usage wouldn't make much sense if Quantrill was still in the mix to start. The two contestants' respective spring numbers seemingly made this a rather easy choice, as Allen owns a 18:3 K:BB in 14 innings, allowing just one run, while Quantrill has struggled to a 10:9 K:BB while allowing 12 runs in 12 frames.
Quantrill gave up six runs on six hits over 2.2 innings with three strikeouts in Saturday's spring training loss to the White Sox. He's given up 12 earned runs in 11 innings (9.82 ERA) this spring. However, manager Terry Francona downplayed his struggles. "This kid is going to be fine," Francona told MLB.com. Quantrill is battling Logan Allen for the fifth starter role and at least statistically he's falling far behind. Quantrill has nine walks and nine strikeouts in 11 innings. Allen has allowed one earned run in nine innings this spring. Francona's comments appear to say the race is closer than the numbers, but it's hard to feel confident about Quantrill making the rotation at this point. Still, Cleveland may not make a decision until the final week of spring training.
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