With all the attention the front end of the Chicago White Sox rotation gets, it’s easy to forget about a guy like Jose Quintana. Projected to be the White Sox fifth starter in 2013, Quintana is being completely left out of the discussion of “Who’s the best pitcher on the Sox staff?”. With pitchers like Chris Sale, Jake Peavy and John Danks ahead of Quintana in the South Siders rotation, most expectations for the left-hander are relatively low.
I, however, believe Quintana has a chance to win 15 plus games for the White Sox and have a break out season in 2013.
Starting his first game of the spring earlier this afternoon, Quintana threw three perfect innings in a 4-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Featuring a well-located heater and his wipeout slider, Quintana looked very sharp.
A rookie in 2012, Quintana posted a 3.76 ERA in 25 appearances for the Sox. With Danks going down with a shoulder problem in mid May, Quintana was inserted into the White Sox starting rotation. The 24-year-old hurler instantly impressed, allowing less than two runs in his first six MLB starts.
With an outstanding start to Cactus League play today, it looks as if Quintana is picking up right where he left off from last year. If the lefty can build off of this outing and have a healthy and productive spring, I believe he’s got a chance to be a rising star for the South Siders in 2013.
A 15 win season for Quintana, along with solid seasons from the guys ahead of him in the White Sox staff, would make the possibility of postseason baseball on the South Side a reality.
Matt Malecha is a Chicago White Sox writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @MattMalecha.