Jose Quintana
Jose Quintana
30-Year-Old PitcherSP
Chicago Cubs
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Quintana's strikeout, walk and home-run rates worsened in 2018, yet his ERA came in a few points better thanks to him stranding more runners. The numbers could have been better had Joe Maddon exercised a quicker hook, as Quintana struggled mightily after two times through the lineup. Quintana's ERA went from 2.97 to 3.59 to 7.15 with each trip through a lineup. His home/road splits were rather neutral, but there does appear to be some gains to be made if Maddon goes to the bullpen a batter early rather than one too late in 2019. The Cubs exercised their contract option on Quintana to bring him back, so they too see something better here. If Quintana can cut the walks down and get the homers back in line, there will be some profit to be made. He has been a model of health and has not missed a start in seven seasons, but he is not throwing 200 innings any longer and his 174.1 innings could be cut down to 160 with better utilization. Read Past Outlooks
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$Agreed to a five-year, $26.5 million extension with the White Sox in March of 2014. The Cubs exercised their 2019 club option in October of 2018.
Sharp in no-decision
PChicago Cubs
May 21, 2019
Quintana tossed six scoreless innings but did not factor into the decision in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Phillies. He allowed two hits and three walks while striking out four.
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Quintana has failed to record a win over his last three starts, though he's allowed three earned runs or fewer in eight straight outings dating back to an eight-run disaster April 5. The lefty now has a solid 3.30 ERA for the season and will look to get back into the win column in his next start, which is scheduled for Sunday against the Reds.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-3%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-3%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-1%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-8%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .236 378 99 20 82 18 2 6
Since 2017vs Right .243 1390 320 127 302 60 5 49
2019vs Left .245 53 17 3 12 4 0 0
2019vs Right .237 186 37 15 40 6 0 7
2018vs Left .248 162 38 12 36 5 0 5
2018vs Right .246 577 120 56 126 27 3 20
2017vs Left .222 163 44 5 34 9 2 1
2017vs Right .242 627 163 56 136 27 2 22
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-7%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-62%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-5%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-30%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.13 1.25 202.2 16 9 0 9.3 3.2 1.5
Since 2017Away 3.85 1.28 217.2 12 16 0 8.7 3.1 0.9
2019Home 1.93 1.01 32.2 3 1 0 8.3 3.0 0.3
2019Away 5.11 1.50 24.2 1 2 0 8.8 2.6 2.2
2018Home 4.13 1.31 80.2 7 4 0 8.9 3.3 1.7
2018Away 3.94 1.32 93.2 6 7 0 7.5 3.7 1.0
2017Home 4.94 1.28 89.1 6 4 0 10.0 3.0 1.7
2017Away 3.44 1.18 99.1 5 7 0 9.8 2.8 0.5
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How does Jose Quintana compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 40 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
3.00
 
K/9
8.5
 
BB/9
2.8
 
HR/9
1.1
 
Fastball
91.5 mph
 
ERA
3.30
 
WHIP
1.22
 
BABIP
.295
 
GB/FB
2.10
 
Left On Base
78.1%
 
Exit Velocity
90.1 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.1%
 
Spin Rate
1902 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
41.2%
 
Swinging Strike
9.9%
 
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Quintana has mostly been a prognosticator's dream. If you pencil him in for nine wins, a mid-3.00s ERA, 175 strikeouts and zero missed starts, you would be 90 percent of the way there. It was not until 2016 that Quintana finally broke the nine-win barrier, but 2017 was weird for him. Despite a career-best 26.2 percent strikeout rate, he posted a career-worst 4.15 ERA. He allowed one more home run than he had in 2016, but he worked 20 fewer innings thanks in part to a jump over to National League rules over the All-Star break. He threw seven shutout innings in his NL debut, but allowed three or more earned runs in seven of his other 13 outings with the Cubs. He will still enjoy good team defense and run support with Chicago, so keep the initial base projections but bump up the wins as 12 wins should be his realistic floor in 2018.
Quintana delivered another strong season of 200-plus innings, his fourth in a row. This time it finally resulted in more than nine wins -- a mark he'd been stuck on for three years running. He saw his home run rate inch upward, but maintained his solid strikeout and walk rates over a career-high 208 innings. He probably deserved even more than 13 wins, but he suffered an 0-7 record in a nine-start run from mid-May through June, during which he had five quality starts and only two real blowups. The only major change in approach from previous seasons was that he leaned on his fastball a career-high 66.5 percent of the time. Despite career bests in ERA and WHIP, there weren't enough gains from Quintana to believe it's some new level. He is a mid-3.00s ERA, 1.20s-WHIP pitcher, who is about as bankable of a 200-inning arm as is available.
Quintana is one of the more underrated pitchers in the American League. For the third consecutive season, he made more than 30 starts, threw more than 200 innings, and posted an ERA in the mid-3.00s. Most importantly for his home park, he keeps the ball out of the bleachers. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, he failed to reach double-digit wins, and he failed to strike out a batter per inning. He should serve as the rotation’s No. 2 starter (behind Chris Sale) to open the season. And at age 27, his best years may lie ahead.
Quintana had the best season of his three-year career in 2014 even though he failed to get to a double-digit win total. He served as a capable No. 2 in the rotation behind Chris Sale for the entire season, and was the only member of the staff to go over 200 innings. One point of concern; his 5.1% HR/FB rate was about half of his 10.3% mark from the previous two seasons, so his ERA could be on the move in 2015 if the rate reverts. He should serve as the team's No. 3 starter in the upcoming year, with Jeff Samardzija coming aboard in the offseason.
One season removed from signing with the White Sox as a minor league free agent, Quintana became a 200-inning horse in 2013. His 33 starts ranked fourth in the American League, but a lousy White Sox offense supported him to all of nine wins even though he struck out nearly three times as many batters as he walked. His repertoire primarily consists of a fastball, curveball, cutter and changeup, and he can throw those pitches equally effectively against right- and left-handed batters. None of his pitches are dominant offerings, but he was able to keep his ERA below 4.00 from his second start until the end of the season, and that is good enough to place him as the White Sox's No. 2 or 3 starter as 2014 opens.
The White Sox quietly stole Quintana away from the Yankees' organization in November, and he was in the White Sox's rotation by late May. He posted a 2.04 ERA over his first 10 appearances, but a failure to miss bats resulted in a .317 BAA and 5.32 ERA over his final 66 frames. He should have the inside track for a spot toward the back of the White Sox's rotation to open 2013, although his job security may lessen if John Danks returns healthy and Gavin Floyd remains in the organization.
The White Sox added Quintana to their 40-man roster in November after he had spent five seasons in the Mets and Yankees organizations. He has a career 1.166 WHIP in 251.1 career minor league innings, which is more impressive when you consider he posted a 4.11 BB/9IP over that stretch. He possesses some deceptive secondary pitches, which could make him effective as a starter or left-handed specialist in the majors. He should start 2012 at Double-A Birmingham, with the potential to make the 25-man roster in 2013.
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Loses second straight
PChicago Cubs
May 16, 2019
Quintana (4-3) allowed three runs on six hits across five innings to take the loss Thursday against the Reds. He walked one and struck out four.
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Takes loss in quality start
PChicago Cubs
May 10, 2019
Quintana (4-2) allowed three runs on four hits with six strikeouts and three walks while taking a loss against the Brewers on Friday.
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Winning streak continues
PChicago Cubs
May 5, 2019
Quintana (4-1) yielded two runs on eight hits and two walks in six innings Sunday, earning the victory over the Cardinals. He struck out two batters.
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Fans two in lackluster outing
PChicago Cubs
April 28, 2019
Quintana yielded three runs on five hits across 5.2 innings Sunday, taking the no-decision in the Cubs' extra-innings win over Arizona. He struck out two batters and allowed two home runs.
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Shuts down Dodgers
PChicago Cubs
April 23, 2019
Quintana (3-1) allowed just two runs over seven innings to pick up the win Tuesday against the Dodgers. He gave up four hits and two walks while striking out seven.
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