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.
Stymied by Padres on Tuesday
PChicago Cubs
September 10, 2019
Quintana did not factor into the decision against San Diego on Tuesday, pitching three innings and giving up six runs (four earned) on seven hits while striking out one.
Quintana entered the game having completed five or more innings in 10 of his last 12 starts but matched his shortest outing of the season by lasting only three frames against the Padres. He retired the side in order in the first inning, but a pair of infield singles leading off the second set up a five-run frame that included no extra-base hits. Quintana then gave up a solo home run to Ty France in the third inning and did not return for the fourth, exiting the game after throwing 57 pitches. The southpaw owns a 4.15 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 143:43 K:BB through 160.1 innings this season and will head home to take on the Pirates on Sunday in his next scheduled start.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .240 480 114 22 106 25 2 7
Since 2017vs Right .252 1735 394 150 392 82 5 61
2019vs Left .250 155 32 5 36 11 0 1
2019vs Right .271 531 111 38 130 28 0 19
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
ERA on Road
ERA at Home
ERA on Road
ERA on Road
Since 2017Home 4.41 1.28 253.1 21 13 0 8.7 2.9 1.4
Since 2017Away 3.83 1.28 270.0 16 17 0 8.7 3.0 0.9
2019Home 4.10 1.26 83.1 8 5 0 7.2 2.4 0.9
2019Away 4.21 1.35 77.0 5 3 0 8.9 2.5 1.4
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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Stat Review
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 70 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.
    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.
91.4 mph
Left On Base
Exit Velocity
89.9 mph
Spin Rate
1950 rpm
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
Swinging Strike
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Earns 13th win
PChicago Cubs
September 5, 2019
Quintana (13-8) picked up the win Thursday against the Brewers, allowing four runs on five hits and a pair of walks while striking out five across five innings.
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Bounces back with win
PChicago Cubs
August 30, 2019
Quintana (12-8) tossed 5.2 shutout innings while allowing four hits and two walks with three strikeouts, earning a victory against the Brewers on Friday.
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Lasts just four innings Saturday
PChicago Cubs
August 24, 2019
Quintana (11-8) lasted just four innings and took the loss in Saturday's 7-2 defeat by the Nationals. He struck out three and allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits and three walks.
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Blanks Pirates over seven innings
PChicago Cubs
August 18, 2019
Quintana (11-7) earned the win against Pittsburgh on Sunday, tossing seven scoreless innings and giving up five hits and no walks while striking out seven.
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Fans 14 in no-decision
PChicago Cubs
August 13, 2019
Quintana allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk across six innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Phillies. He struck out 14.
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