Fun fact: My now-five year old daughter’s first baseball game was Quentin’s major league debut, a game in which he hit his first home run. So while I admit that I have a soft spot for him, I also think that what the 28-year old has done so far is sustainable. Part of it is that he’s done it before: his .408 wOBA this year wouldn’t even be a career high (.414 wOBA in 2008). And part of it is that a major reason for his lower performance over the past few years may be injury. He has missed a lot of time over the last two years (240 games played total from 2009-2010), and it’s possible that the injuries negatively affected his play–if nothing else, by throwing off his timing upon returning. There is nothing really alarming about his indicator stats: walk rates, strikeout rates, HR/FB rates, BABIP, etc, are all close to career norms. He may well just be healthy for the first time in a while, and is clobbering the ball. Hopefully he can stay that way!
June 9, 2011
Fangraphs’ Justin Merry on Carlos Quentin
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