Don't Call it a Qomeback; Carlos Quentin is the Same as He Ever Was

Okay, maybe you won't call it a qomeback because qomeback is not a real world.  Indeed, it is a play on words and a reach at that.  However, according to Carlos Quentin's wikipedia page he has two nicknames: "TCQ" or "The Carlos Quentin" and "Q-uperman"  Don't blame me people, blame the White Sox faithful.

However, if Quentin is akin to Superman, somebody take the kryptonite out of his jock strap. 

Quentin isn't quite Josh Hamilton in terms of injury.  He's not quite as bad as a pitcher with major surgeries that hold him out for long periods of time.  He's just a guy that seems to constantly be bugged by something.  And because he has oftentimes found himself playing through injuries for the past two seasons, the results haven't been as pretty as you'd hope they would be.

Despite that, The Carlos Quentin has hit 47 home runs and OPS'd .803 in 230 games between 2009 and 2010.  However, he slipped in fantasy drafts and could be had at a very cheap price.  Buyer beware.

Now those buyers are laughing all the way to the bank faster than someone who bought stock in ARK Music Factory two months ago.


As of now Quentin leads the majors in doubles (11) and total bases (53) while smashing 6 home runs and driving in 16.  It should still come as no surprise.

TCQ just always gets hurt.  After getting drafted, he had Tommy John Surgery.  In 2007 he had a partial tear of his left labrum.  During his breakout season of 2008, he fractured his wrist because Q-uperman got angry.  In 2009, he got plantar fasciitis.  Two things to know about Quentin is that he plays at 100% (Quentin is lobbying scientists to invent 110%) and he plays the outfield like you'd expect a DH to play the outfield.

 Over the previous two seasons he slumped to a .240 batting average and a .469 slugging percentage.  This was after his breakout year of .288/.394/.571.  He walked less, but his strikeout rates were basically where you'd expect them to be.  Mainly his power took a dip and when some of those home runs he used to his turned into flyouts, his average took a dive and his BABIP's were .221 and .241 respectively.

In 2008 20% of his flyballs went for home runs.  The next two years that was down to about 14% both years.  This year he still sits at 15%, but he's hitting a career high 58.8% of his balls in play for fly balls.  He's also making the highest percentage of contact outside of the zone in his career (69.6%) and his BABIP is sitting at a normal .290. 

I don't expect Quentin to finish the year slugging .646 and he may not lead the league in total bases all year.  He also stands a reasonable chance of striking out on a ball in the dirt and then breaking his wrist after hitting himself in the face out of frustration.  That might be a good time to buy low on Quentin, because right now the stock is at an all-time high.

Any or all of these things could happen in C-Quential order.  Get it?  Because C for Carlos and Quential for... nevermind.

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