The Chicago White Sox made a lot of unexpected noise in 2012. Winning 85 games and finishing second in the AL Central, the Sox performed much better than the low preseason expectations given to them. One of the key reasons the White Sox had success in 2012 was their young hurlers. Rookie relievers Addison Reed and Nate Jones were dominant forces in the Sox pen. However, lefty Jose Quintana may have had the top rookie campaign for the South Siders last season.
Quintana was the first rookie pitcher to throw eight or more scoreless innings three times in a season since Justin Verlander did it back in 2006.
Not originally in the Sox rotation to start 2012, Quintana was called up from Double-A after some injures to the White Sox pitching staff. In 22 starts, the left-hander posted a 3.76 ERA.
Now, fully implanted into the Pale Hose rotation, Quintana will look to continue his success from last season. With some Major League experience under his belt, I expect even better numbers from the 24-year-old this year. In order to do this, Quintana will first need to shut down the Seattle Mariners tonight in his 2013 debut. The Sox had no trouble against Seattle last year, winning eight of their nine meetings with the Mariners.
Quintana will face Seattle’s right-hander Blake Beavan in this evening’s contest. Starting 26 games for the Mariners a season ago, Beavan went 11-11 with a 4.43 ERA. The M’s fifth starter in 2013, Beavan will need his best stuff to top Quintana and the Sox tonight at U.S. Cellular Field.