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8/28/1982 (34 y, 5 m, 30 d)
2003 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 29, Overall: 29, Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
$27M / 3 Years (2013 - 2015) + 1 Option Years
Quentin signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. (2/8/2017)
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Carlos Quentin's HBP Zone
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Year in Review:
After having an MVP-quality season cut short in 2008 with a wrist injury, Quentin missed nearly two months last year with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Before hitting the DL, Quentin had a .229/.325/.458 line. Afterwards, he posted a .241/.323/.455 mark. Despite the poor average, Quentin continued to hit for good power – especially at home, where he posted a .254 ISO. But it was not nearly as good as the ISO numbers he put up in 2008, when, overall, Quentin had a .283 ISO, which was 64 points higher than his 2009 mark. Quentin also declined in the field. He went from being a below-average left fielder to being one of the worst fielders in the game. Last year, Quentin had a -25.4 UZR/150, which ranked 17th among 18 players at the position who logged at least 700 innings.
The Year Ahead:
In his brief career in the majors, Quentin has never posted even a .300 BABIP. But last year’s .223 mark was even bad for him, and is a mark he is likely to surpass easily in 2010, meaning his average will likely increase next year. Quentin could also see improved power, as he is further removed from his wrist injury. His 2009 HR/FB rate of 14.8% was down from 20.7% a season ago and 1.3% beneath his lifetime average. This past October, Quentin had a pin removed from his wrist. His foot also received a good report, meaning he should be able to have a normal offseason conditioning program. Hopefully a clean bill of health will result in a return of outfield range. Last year, Quentin had a RngR of -15, which, if that trend continues, could ultimately result in a move to DH. (Brian Joura)
As of this writing, Carlos Quentin is still on the Chicago White Sox, although there have been rumors of him being moved. Assuming he stays in Chicago for 2011, he should have ample opportunities for big numbers hitting behind Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn… if he manages to stay healthy. No, he probably won't ever hit again like he did in 2008, and he's more likely to hit .250 than .280. However, he'll still only be 28 to begin the 2011 season, and a .255/.355/.495 line with 25+ home runs, 80-90 runs and 90-100 RBI or more is a reasonable expectation, provided he stays healthy and the White Sox let him play in the outfield despite his questionable defense there. (Matt Klaassen)
The Quick Opinion:
Despite questions about his health and defense, Quentin is still a very good hitter who will be hitting in the middle of a loaded White Sox batting order if he stays in Chicago in 2011.
His 2008 may be a distant, fading memory, but Quentin is still a capable hitter who has hit .246/.336/.479 in the interim. Now he's on his way to San Diego, as the White Sox dealt him in a manner similar to the Twins and Delmon Young. Quentin's career batting average on balls in play is a fly ball suppressed .253, and it's hard to say exactly what Petco will do for his figures. The park is far more inviting to right-handed power hitters (95 park factor via StatCorner) than lefties (59), but as a slugger with fly ball tendencies, Quentin may see a similar BABIP in a park with extraordinarily large power alleys. Overall, the acquisition is a bit odd for a club that dealt erstwhile ace Mat Latos in the same offseason, especially considering Quentin will be eligible for free agency after 2012. (Brandon Warne)
The Quick Opinion:
Who really knows how to project Quentin? His talents include hitting home runs -- which may dissolve a bit in his new digs -- and getting hit by the baseball, which is badass but maybe not so sustainable? He's going to a tough home park, has a low career BABIP, and hits a ton of fly balls. On the plus side, he still has power. Downgrade him a bit, but not too much.
Carlos Quentin was hurt by the move to Petco, but still managed to put up his best offensive season since 2008. Like most hitters, Quentin's slash line was down in San Diego, but unlike most hitters, he's strong enough to still hit for power in that park. Quentin's problems remain the same. He isn't going to hit for high averages, and he's a sure bet to miss a significant amount of games due to injury. Sometimes those injuries are even due to one of his best skills -- being hit by a pitch. Even though he performed well last season, he didn't make his Padres debut until late-May. He'll be a useful asset, but you can't expect him to play 130 games. (
The Quick Opinion:
Quentin had his best offensive season since 2008, but his value is limited by injuries. He's a strong player when he's on the field, but he'll miss a significant number of games each season.
Welcome to Club Frailty, Mr. Quentin. Your table is right over here. Knee and shoulder issues, not to mention an eight-game suspension for charging the mound and breaking Zack Greinke's collarbone, limited Quentin to just 82 games in 2013. He hasn't appeared in more than 120 games in six of his eight big league seasons. His power potential is massive as he hasn't posted an isolated slugging percentage lower than .215 since 2007, but his inability to stay on the field has made him more of a cautionary tale than a highly-coveted power hitter. Despite the injuries though, Quentin still managed to hit 13 home runs over 276 at-bats while posting a .275/.363/.493 slash line. There's obviously a lot of high risk/high reward here, but food for thought: Quentin has apparently changed his stance to stand taller in the batter's box, which is expected to reduce a lot of the torque put on the knee and will hopefully reduce the risk of further injury. Obviously that will remain to be seen, but it could put fantasy owners in a different mind-set if they were wavering on whether the risk was worth it. He'll walk in to 2014 as the Padres' starting right fielder, so there's no job concern; just health. (Howard Bender)
The Quick Opinion:
Quentin continues to frustrate fantasy owners as he perpetually shows power but can never seem to stay healthy enough. There are now hopes that his altered batting stance will take some of the torque off his knee and help him stay healthy in 2014. He's a high risk/medium reward type of player here, but with great power potential, a healthy season from him would certainly be a major asset to fantasy owners.
As of this writing, Carlos Quentin is still a member of the Padres. But that's going to have to change if he's going to have any value at all -- he's unlikely to steal too many plate appearances from Justin Upton, Matt Kemp and Wil Myers. Even forgetting the people in front of him on the depth chart, Quentin hasn't been healthy enough to top 350 plate appearances in the last three seasons. If he gets traded to an American League team where he can get some regular work in the outfield and at DH, he probably still has enough pop in his bat to hit 15-20 home runs. But as things stand now, he has no value. (
The Quick Opinion:
With the Padres making three big acquisitions in the outfield, Quentin doesn't appear to have a place on this team. If he were to get traded to a situation where he could get regular work, he might have enough pop left to hit 15+ home runs.
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