No one is likely to catch Mike Trout in the AL Rookie of the Year race, but White Sox LHP Jose Quintana is having a terrific season
Jose Quintana began this season having never pitched an inning above Class A ball. He’d spent time with the Mets and Yankees. He averaged 3.9 walks and 10 strikeouts per nine innings in the minor leagues. The White Sox saw an arm worth taking a chance on. After nine solid starts at Class AA Birmingham, he was summoned to the Major Leagues. He’s still only 23 years old.
The White Sox have been one of baseball’s most pleasant surprises, and Quintana has made a solid contribution. He has thrown 16 consecutive scoreless innings, the long shutout streak for a White Sox rookie since Brandon McCarthy strung together 17 1/3 innings in 2005. During the streak, he lowered his ERA to 1.25.
He has also faced 97 straight hitters without allowing a walk, the longest such streak for a White Sox batter in three years (Mark Buehrle had a streak of 101 batters in 2009). Quintana’s 1.46 ERA as a starter is the lowest for a Sox pitcher covering his first six starts since Cisco Carlos rolled up a 0.93 ERA in 1967.
The White Sox have spent 29 days atop the AL Central and have led by as much as 2 1/2 games twice. But they’re just 9-13 in June, the second-worst record in the AL this month. They were 18-11 in May, tied with the Angels for the best record in the AL.