José Quintana

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José Quintana
José Quintana on July 30, 2012.jpg
Quintana with the Chicago White Sox
Chicago White Sox – No. 62
Born: (1989-01-24) January 24, 1989 (age 28)
Arjona, Colombia
Bats: Right Throws: Left
MLB debut
May 7, 2012, for the Chicago White Sox
MLB statistics
(through June 22, 2017)
Win–loss record 50–54
Earned run average 3.52
Strikeouts 869
Career highlights and awards

José Guillermo Quintana (born January 24, 1989) is a Colombian professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut with the White Sox in 2012, and was named an All-Star in 2016.

Professional career[edit]

Minor leagues[edit]

Quintana signed as an international free agent with the New York Mets, and began his professional career in the Rookie-level Venezuelan Summer League (VSL), pitching for the VSL Mets in 2006. He did not play in 2007 as he was suspended for violating the terms of minor league baseball's drug policy.[1]

Quintana signed with the New York Yankees in 2008. He pitched the 2008 and 2009 seasons in the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League (DSL) with the DSL Yankees 2. In 2010, he pitched for the Gulf Coast Yankees of the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and the Charleston RiverDogs of the Class A South Atlantic League.[2] In 2011, Quintana posted a 10-2 win–loss record and a 2.91 earned run average (ERA), with 88 strikeouts in 102 innings pitched for the Tampa Yankees of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League (FSL).[1][3] He became a minor league free agent after the 2011 season.[4]

Chicago White Sox[edit]

Chicago White Sox' scouts Daraka Shaheed and Joe Siers, who watched Quintana pitch in the FSL the previous season, recommended that the team sign him.[4] Quintana signed with the White Sox, receiving a major league contract, during the 2011-12 offseason.[5] The White Sox assigned Quintana to the Birmingham Barons of the Class AA Southern League.

After starting the season with a 1-2 win-loss record, a 3.06 ERA, and 26 strikeouts in 35 innings pitched for Birmingham, the White Sox promoted Quintana to the majors on May 7, 2012, according to a new MLB rule that allow teams to carry a 26th man on their 25-man roster during the day of a doubleheader; the White Sox returned Quintana to Birmingham after the games. He made his MLB debut in the first game of the doubleheader, pitching 5 23 innings in relief, allowing no runs, one hit, and two walks while striking out three.[6] Quintana was optioned back to Birmingham the next day, and he stayed there up until May 24, when he was promoted to the Charlotte Knights of the Class AAA International League. However, he did not pitch there, as he was promoted to Chicago the next day when John Danks was placed on the 15-day DL.[7] On May 25, 2012, Quintana got his first Major League victory during a 9-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians pitching six innings giving up two runs on four hits, walking three and striking out four.

During a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 30, 2012, Quintana was ejected by umpire Mark Wegner after throwing a pitch behind Ben Zobrist, which prompted White Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson to unleash an on-air tirade on Wegner for several minutes.[8][9][10] During the 2012 year, Quintana appeared in 25 games making 22 starts going 6-6 with a 3.76 ERA.

In 2013, Quintana made 33 starts going 9-7 with 164 strikeouts and a 3.51 ERA. On March 24, 2014, Quintana signed a five-year extension with the White Sox, which also includes club options for a further two years. He qualified as a "Super 2" arbitration eligible player after the 2014 season, activating a clause in his contract making the deal worth a guaranteed $26.5 million.[11] During the 2014 year, Quintana made 32 starts going 9-11 with 178 strikeouts and a 3.32 ERA.[12]

Through the All-Star break in 2016, Quintana pitched to a 7-8 record with a 3.21 ERA in 117 23 innings pitched. He was named to the MLB All-Star Game as an injury replacement for Danny Salazar.[13] He finished the season 13-12 with a 3.20 ERA, striking out 181 batters while making 32 starts.[14] Quintana finished tenth in the voting for the American League Cy Young Award.

Quintana pitched for the Colombian national baseball team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.[14][15] The White Sox named him their Opening Day starting pitcher for the 2017 season.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Gonzales, Mark (May 7, 2012). "Sox pitching shuffle expected to bring Stults, Quintana in Morris, Illinois". Morris Daily Herald. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Braves Blank RiverDogs for Back-to-Back Shutouts, Win 4-0 | Charleston RiverDogs News". August 19, 2010. Retrieved May 8, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Quintana hopes to make instant impression on Sox". Chicago Tribune. May 7, 2012. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Merkin, Scott (February 18, 2014). "Keen eye of scouts led White Sox to Quintana". 
  5. ^ Gonzales, Mark (November 10, 2011). "Sox sign left-handers Veal, Quintana". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ "White Sox call up Quintana as 26th man". Major League Baseball Advanced Media. May 7, 2012. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  7. ^ White Sox Press Release (May 25, 2012). "White Sox Place John Danks on 15-Day Disabled List; Recall Jose Quintana from Class AAA Charlotte". 
  8. ^ White Sox extend win streak to eight Retrieved May 30, 2012
  9. ^ "Quintana ejected for throwing behind batter.". Fox News. Retrieved May 30, 2012. 
  10. ^ Burke, Timothy. "Quintana ejected for throwing behind Zobrist, Harrelson loses it.". Deadspin. Retrieved May 30, 2012. 
  11. ^ Padilla, Doug (March 24, 2014). "Jose Quintana gets 5-year deal". Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  12. ^ Kane, Colleen (March 4, 2015). "Jose Quintana's confidence grows, but he knows he's not White Sox ace". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 10, 2017. 
  13. ^ Kane, Colleen (July 10, 2016). "Jose Quintana pleasantly surprised with late addition to All-Star team". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 12, 2016. 
  14. ^ a b "Jose Quintana discusses World Baseball Classic". Retrieved March 10, 2017. 
  15. ^ Kane, Colleen (February 8, 2017). "Jose Quintana, David Robertson among White Sox in World Baseball Classic". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 10, 2017. 
  16. ^ Merkin, Scott (March 30, 2017). "Sox appreciate OD starter Quintana's value: Dominant lefty's focus, clubhouse presence stand out". Retrieved March 31, 2017. 

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