The way Carlos Quentin has played this week, it’s hard to believe that it only took a single-A prospect to get the 25-year-old outfielder from the Arizona Diamondbacks this winter.
After not playing in the first two games of the year, Quentin started the next four in very impressive fashion.
Quentin has impressed at the plate and in the field early in the season, going 4/15 with a home run and seven RBI, including four in Sunday's game. He also showed off his extraordinary arm when he gunned down Edgar Renteria on a throw that made it to first base on the fly from left field for a double play.
With Jerry Owens on the disabled list for at least another week, Quentin will get an extended look as a starting outfielder. If he can keep playing like he has in the first week, he may play himself into a starting job and force Owens to the bench.
It wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing. Nick Swisher has done a fine job leading off, and while he won’t steal 40 bases like Owens, he will get on base more often for the big boppers in the middle of this lineup.
Having Owens on the bench also would give the Sox a very good late-inning pinch runner for any of the “slower than evolution” hitters that populate this lineup.
But, most importantly, it would allow Quentin to be an everyday player and develop into the top-notch player he can be.