CHICAGO -- Jose Quintana doesn't feature a 97-mph fastball or one pitch in particular that shuts down opposing hitters such as Chris Sale's slider. At 23, the left-hander's mound composure stands as his greatest trait and the prime reason why his 1.53 ERA over 35 1/3 innings could carry through the rest of the season.
"Nowadays, with video and everything else, teams have a bit of a plan when they go up against him. It's not like they have never seen him," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. "Years ago, you could go through the league without anybody really seeing you pitch. Now, you've been dissected enough that people have a pretty good idea what you're doing. That's what makes what he's doing impressive. He's gotten better the more games he pitches."
"When I was first called up, my whole mindset was just to try to fight for a position," said Quintana through translator and White Sox manager of cultural development Jackson Miranda. "So I see it every time I go out there as kind of like a tryout. For the most part, all I do is go out and pitch as well as I can."
Quintana will have a special fan in the stands when he pitches Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field in the Brewers series finale. His father, Abel, has extended his visit from Colombia to Monday in order to watch his son in action.