Following the Chris Sale trade to Boston, Jose Quintana is about to begin his first season as the ace of the Chicago White Sox. Quintana has dealt with trade rumors throughout the offseason and will most likely face countless rumors until the day that he is actually traded. Until then, Quintana will be the ace of the White Sox.
Jose Quintana has arguably been the most underrated pitcher in all of baseball since he began his career in 2012. Jose has been as reliable a pitcher as Chris Sale for the last few seasons, but he has not received any recognition or run support. Quintana leads all of baseball in no decisions recorded since 2012.
Now thrust into the spotlight, Quintana is the clear number 1 starter for the White Sox right now. Obviously this could change at any moment when Rick Hahn decides he’s found the right trade for Jose. The Sox currently have a plethora of young arms waiting to burst into the major leagues and take rotation spots from some of the veterans on the team.
Jose Quintana started Colombia’s opening game of the 2017 World Baseball Classic against the eventual champions, the United States. Quintana put on a show on this enormous stage, showing the world, and the rest of Major League Baseball the talent he has. Jose went 5 2/3 innings without allowing a hit until Brandon Crawford poked a single into right.
In his first start since returning to White Sox camp, Quintana shut down the Cincinnati Reds with 7 dominant innings of shutout baseball. Seeming to already be in mid-season form, Quintana was perfect through 17 batters until a double to the right field corner late in the sixth inning.
2017 has all the potential to be a breakout season for Quintana. He will presumably make his first Opening Day start against the Tigers on April 3rd, and he will take the position of ace until the day where he is traded to a team better fit for playoff success. But until that day, Jose Quintana has a golden opportunity to shine in front of the White Sox, and Major League Baseball.