Jose Quintana
Jose Quintana
31-Year-Old PitcherSP
Chicago Cubs
10-Day IL
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Est. Return 8/14/2020
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Quintana is a league average pitcher coming off a season where his ratios were artificially bloated pitching into some bad luck. Specifically, his 1.39 WHIP was inflated via a high .326 BABIP, not corroborated by the underlying metrics, save an unusually high line-drive rate. Not only did Quintana's 4.68 ERA suffer from the extra hits, a 65.9% left-on-base mark elevated it well past its estimators. The lefty's 20.4 K% was a little below league average though his 14.2 K-BB% was league norm. The area Quintana excelled in was keeping the ball in the yard, allowing just 20 homers in 171 innings. While a league-average pitcher has value, especially in formats allowing streaming, Quintana isn't the underrated difference maker helping to win fantasy championships people thought he was just a few years back. Consider him back-end rotation filler with limited upside but safe when deployed judiciously. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a five-year, $26.5 million contract extension with the White Sox in March of 2014. Traded to the Cubs in July of 2017. Cubs exercised $10.5 million team option for 2019 in October of 2018. Cubs exercised $10.5 million team option for 2020 in November of 2019.
Throws another bullpen
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August 3, 2020
Quintana (thumb) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Monday, Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com reports.
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After tossing 38 pitches Saturday, Quintana once again felt good after throwing 30 pitches Monday. Barring any setbacks, he should be on track to make his season debut in the near future. He'll likely try building up his pitch count in upcoming throwing sessions since he's been solid through his first several outings. However, no timetable has been announced for his return.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
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-6%
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-13%
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-1%
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .251 324 70 17 74 16 0 6
Since 2018vs Right .268 1160 240 97 279 59 5 39
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Left .253 162 32 5 38 11 0 1
2019vs Right .290 583 120 41 153 32 2 19
2018vs Left .248 162 38 12 36 5 0 5
2018vs Right .246 577 120 56 126 27 3 20
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-7%
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-5%
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 4.51 1.34 169.2 15 9 0 8.1 2.9 1.2
Since 2018Away 4.20 1.37 175.2 11 11 0 8.1 3.0 1.1
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Home 4.85 1.36 89.0 8 5 0 7.3 2.5 0.8
2019Away 4.50 1.41 82.0 5 4 0 8.8 2.3 1.3
2018Home 4.13 1.31 80.2 7 4 0 8.9 3.3 1.7
2018Away 3.94 1.32 93.2 6 7 0 7.5 3.7 1.0
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Quintana's strikeout, walk and home-run rates worsened in 2018, yet his ERA came in a few points better thanks to him stranding more runners. The numbers could have been better had Joe Maddon exercised a quicker hook, as Quintana struggled mightily after two times through the lineup. Quintana's ERA went from 2.97 to 3.59 to 7.15 with each trip through a lineup. His home/road splits were rather neutral, but there does appear to be some gains to be made if Maddon goes to the bullpen a batter early rather than one too late in 2019. The Cubs exercised their contract option on Quintana to bring him back, so they too see something better here. If Quintana can cut the walks down and get the homers back in line, there will be some profit to be made. He has been a model of health and has not missed a start in seven seasons, but he is not throwing 200 innings any longer and his 174.1 innings could be cut down to 160 with better utilization.
Quintana has mostly been a prognosticator's dream. If you pencil him in for nine wins, a mid-3.00s ERA, 175 strikeouts and zero missed starts, you would be 90 percent of the way there. It was not until 2016 that Quintana finally broke the nine-win barrier, but 2017 was weird for him. Despite a career-best 26.2 percent strikeout rate, he posted a career-worst 4.15 ERA. He allowed one more home run than he had in 2016, but he worked 20 fewer innings thanks in part to a jump over to National League rules over the All-Star break. He threw seven shutout innings in his NL debut, but allowed three or more earned runs in seven of his other 13 outings with the Cubs. He will still enjoy good team defense and run support with Chicago, so keep the initial base projections but bump up the wins as 12 wins should be his realistic floor in 2018.
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 is one of the more underrated pitchers in the American League. For the third consecutive season, he made more than 30 starts, threw more than 200 innings, and posted an ERA in the mid-3.00s. Most importantly for his home park, he keeps the ball out of the bleachers. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, he failed to reach double-digit wins, and he failed to strike out a batter per inning. He should serve as the rotation’s No. 2 starter (behind Chris Sale) to open the season. And at age 27, his best years may lie ahead.
Quintana had the best season of his three-year career in 2014 even though he failed to get to a double-digit win total. He served as a capable No. 2 in the rotation behind Chris Sale for the entire season, and was the only member of the staff to go over 200 innings. One point of concern; his 5.1% HR/FB rate was about half of his 10.3% mark from the previous two seasons, so his ERA could be on the move in 2015 if the rate reverts. He should serve as the team's No. 3 starter in the upcoming year, with Jeff Samardzija coming aboard in the offseason.
One season removed from signing with the White Sox as a minor league free agent, Quintana became a 200-inning horse in 2013. His 33 starts ranked fourth in the American League, but a lousy White Sox offense supported him to all of nine wins even though he struck out nearly three times as many batters as he walked. His repertoire primarily consists of a fastball, curveball, cutter and changeup, and he can throw those pitches equally effectively against right- and left-handed batters. None of his pitches are dominant offerings, but he was able to keep his ERA below 4.00 from his second start until the end of the season, and that is good enough to place him as the White Sox's No. 2 or 3 starter as 2014 opens.
The White Sox quietly stole Quintana away from the Yankees' organization in November, and he was in the White Sox's rotation by late May. He posted a 2.04 ERA over his first 10 appearances, but a failure to miss bats resulted in a .317 BAA and 5.32 ERA over his final 66 frames. He should have the inside track for a spot toward the back of the White Sox's rotation to open 2013, although his job security may lessen if John Danks returns healthy and Gavin Floyd remains in the organization.
The White Sox added Quintana to their 40-man roster in November after he had spent five seasons in the Mets and Yankees organizations. He has a career 1.166 WHIP in 251.1 career minor league innings, which is more impressive when you consider he posted a 4.11 BB/9IP over that stretch. He possesses some deceptive secondary pitches, which could make him effective as a starter or left-handed specialist in the majors. He should start 2012 at Double-A Birmingham, with the potential to make the 25-man roster in 2013.
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Tosses bullpen session
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August 1, 2020
Quintana (thumb) threw a 38-pitch bullpen session Saturday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
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Slated to throw bullpen
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July 28, 2020
Quintana (thumb) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
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Lands on IL
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July 23, 2020
The Cubs placed Quintana (thumb) on the 10-day injured list Thursday.
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Bullpen possible next week
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July 20, 2020
Quintana (thumb) has been playing catch from 90 feet recently and could be cleared for a bullpen session in the next seven to 10 days barring any setbacks, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
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Plays catch Thursday
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July 16, 2020
Quintana (thumb) played catch from 60 feet Thursday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
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