ARLINGTON -- The secret of White Sox right fielder Carlos Quentin's recent success with the bat will remain on a need-to-know basis.
And with no offense intended toward the White Sox fan base or the media covering the team, those who need to know basically include Quentin's teammates and hitting coach Greg Walker.
"Yeah, I'd rather just keep stuff to myself," said Quentin, sitting in front of his locker on Friday at Rangers Ballpark. "Through the success and, even more importantly, through the times when there is not much success, I find it easier for me to handle doing it that way."
Quentin's average dropped down as low as .201 on June 13, when he flied out to center with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth to end the Cubs' 1-0 victory at Wrigley Field. Thanks to a .348 clip over his last 14 games, Quentin raised his average to .225 after Friday's 5-3 victory during the series opener with Texas. The White Sox right fielder also knocked out four doubles and five home runs and drove home 16 during this stretch.
Even Walker, who can break down hitters' pluses and minuses as well as anyone in the game, won't delve deeply into the turnaround for Quentin, respecting the young player's privacy where his game is concerned. Walker will divulge how a change in Quentin's routine has moved him closer to being the force he was in 2008, when the 27-year-old emerged as an American League Most Valuable Player candidate in his first year with the White Sox.
"Carlos has known all along what the problem was. That's the easy part," Walker said. "He kept battling and searching until he found a feel. He just couldn't find anything to give him a consistent feel at the plate.
"He came up with a couple of drills he's doing. I think him coming up with a new routine helped him more than anything. He didn't give into it mentally, kept fighting the fight. I'm happy for him and happy for us.
"That's usually the way it works. The person that is actually doing the swinging usually figures it out," Walker said. "You can see how good he is and how dynamic offensively Carlos is when he does start swinging."
This resurgence for Quentin ends a run of inconsistency, whether due to injury or flat-out struggles, since September 2008, by Walker's estimation.
"I tip my cap to him," Walker said. "He can hit for average and he can hit good pitching, dominant pitching. It's a big thing. You just try to be patient, pat him on the back and let him do his work. He's really latched on to something and grabbed hold of it."