In just one week since getting called up to the big leagues, shortstop Omar Quintanilla is giving the New York Mets exactly what needed. Since the Mets brought up Quintanilla from triple-A Las Vegas to replace the injured Ruben Tejada, he has provided a spark for the Mets offense and been a new silver lining for the team, as they continues to struggle.
Quintanilla was in the midst of a hot streak in Las Vegas, and may have been on the verge of replacing Tejada as the Mets every day shortstop anyway, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that he was able to continue that hot streak with the Mets.
Quintanilla quickly moved into the leadoff spot in the Mets order, a spot where the Mets have been searching for help all season, and promptly had four multiple-hit games in a row. In just six games since his call up, Quintanilla is hitting .455 with four extra-base hits and three RBI’s.
It’s a small sample size, but as a former first round draft pick, Quintanilla has plenty of talent. Also, as a veteran, he knows how to play the game, and has fit in well into what the Mets preach as far as patience at the plate, paying attention to detail, and doing the little things well.
The lone drawback on Quintanilla’s play has been his defense, which has been surprising to see. He has committed three errors in six games, but Quintanilla’s track record tells us that three errors in such a short period of time is an aberration and nothing the Mets should be worried about just yet.
Although wins have not accompanied Quintanilla to New York, he has been a pleasant addition to the Mets lineup. He has been a spark plug on offense and eventually he should be a steady hand on defense. For now, the Mets are happy to have him filling in for Tejada, but if he keeps it up, Quintanilla could become a permanent answer for the Mets at shortstop and in the leadoff spot, two things the Mets could use right now.