A Healthy Carlos Quentin
In 2008, Carlos Quentin broke onto the fantasy scene hitting .288/.394/.571 with 36 home runs, 100 RBI, and 96 runs scored. He also broke his wrist in September. When draft season came around last year, the reports were good on the surgically-repaired wrist, but fantasy owners had to wonder how or if it would sap some of his power. So much for those worries. Quentin slugged eight homers in April.
However, a new problem arose. In mid-May, a case of Plantar Fasciitis in his left foot sent Quentin to the bench and eventually the DL, where he would miss all of June and most of July. Injuries have been present for Quentin throughout his career, but reports are that he should be 100 percent heading into spring training this year. The injuries and consequently low numbers have held Quentin's average draft position down so far, something we should all take advantage of on draft day 2010.
Despite only playing in 99 games, Quentin still hit 21 home runs in 351 at-bats. That AB/HR rate of 16.7 would translate to about 33 home runs over 550 at-bats. In 2008, when he hit 36 dingers, Quentin hit one home run every 13.3 at-bats. Clearly, the power was still there in 2009 and may even have room to improve in 2010. His batting average fell to a dismal .236 last season, but injury and an extremely low .223 batting average on balls in play (BABIP) can explain some of that away.
When it comes to Quentin's value, health is the main concern. He has yet to accumulate over 500 at-bats in a Major League season, or play in over 130 games. Of course, we are really only talking about two Major League seasons, since 2008 was his first shot at regular playing time. The major injury over that time span was the broken wrist in September of 2008. That injury was self-imposed when Quentin smacked his bat with his right fist after fouling off a Cliff Lee pitch. As a result, we can't really suggest that it was an injury that had anything to do with Quentin's "frailty," but rather his intense demeanor. The foot injury last season is a bit more worrisome, but is also something that has been fully healed, according to reports.
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