Adios Humberto Quintero?

With Salvador Perez finally starting his rehab for Omaha on friday night, it’s time to take a look into who will be dropped when he is recalled from the disabled list. I do not foresee the Royals carring 3 catchers so Brayan Pena or Humberto Quintero will end up being designated for assignment. As of late, watching Quintero play behind the plate reminds me a lot of watching the Royals trot out the likes of Paul Bako, Miguel Olivo, and Benito Santiago.

Looking at the statistics, Quintero and Pena both have been what you would expect out of the journeymen catchers. Quintero’s catcher ERA is 4.17 where Pena’s catcher ERA is 4.18. The triple slash for both catchers are almost identical with Quintero’s slash at .230/.261/.354 and Pena’s slash at .255/.257/.357 so they are almost identical hitters except for the fact that Quintero does walk a little more often. With all the statistics out there, it really a flip of the coin to as could stay on the roster. The Royals aren’t gaining or losing much statistically if they drop either player.

If it was my call, Quintero will be the one who is DFA’d when Perez returns from his rehab assignment. Quintero’s play behind the plate all season as bothered me. At times he appears to be very lackadaisical to getting to passed balls and his protection of home plate at times can be called into question, but his stunt that he performed Saturday night (see the picture) during Bruce Chen’s interview with Fox’s Tom Verducci and Kenny Albert  was childish and very uncalled for. As many people may know, Chen does have a very good sense of humor and is from what I can tell the one of the pranksters on the team, but at least when he pulls pranks, from the ones that have been reported or seen, they are all in good taste. All that being said and include the fact that Brayan Pena has been in the reserve role before and does not have issues with it, I think that we’ll see the Royals retain Pena to be the reserve catcher.

With all that being said, when Perez returns, I’m excited to see what he can do for the Royals. In his brief time with the club last season, Perez was everything as advertised behind the plate and actually was better than expected with the bat. I’m also very interested to watch and see what happens with Luke Hochevar, as Luke did go on a strong run last season after Perez was catching him full time.

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  • God… I hope so about Luke!

    That being said — and here is where I can’t seem to remember, find anything I am stating — Years ago Baseball Prospectus (I’m pretty sure) did a study of all catchers from 1980 (ish) through 2005 (I think) to find out if the catcher behind the plate really makes a difference on the pitching staff. The article was inspired by Mike Matheny’s (I’m pretty sure) fairly large contract he signed with the Giants and the statement from the Giants that even though Matheny’s offense was poor, he does a lot to give a boost to the pitching staff and to the team defensively.

    Essentially, the study found that the catcher actually makes no difference at all in either making a pitcher better or defensively. The study showed that a pitcher who was good was always good, no matter who was behind the plate and that passed balls and throwing out runners were essentially irrelevant to actually allowing runs, because the pitchers who were good would stop those runs from scoring anyway and the pitchers who were bad would allow those runs to score.

    Unfortunately, I do not have my old BPs (As I said, I think it was BP), so if anyone knows where to find this article, let me know

  • The article goes in-depth. Hopefully, I can find it.

    It is actually a common misconception that the catcher calls the game. The catcher simply suggests a pitch, then the pitcher says yes or no. Sure, sometimes a manager will tell a young pitcher to do whatever the catcher says, and the young pitcher will be given more guidance between innings, etc, but ultimately, the pitch that is thrown is the one the pitcher wants to throw.

  • How can you say Quintero is lazy compared to Pena?! Do you watch the games at all? Lena’s fundamentals are so terrible that I would say a decent college catcher would just as good as him. Quintero also throws out stealing runners. A thing that I have yet to see Pena do this year (all I see is a poorly thrown ball that skips off into the outfield. Pena couldn’t even get a runner on a pitch out! Now I ask if quintero should really be designated?

  • All of the backup catcher uproar the past week or so on Twitter is crackin’ my ass up! If a team has a good every day catcher, the backup doesn’t really matter.

    The guys are nearly identical. Sure Quintero throws to bases, but how many times have those throws been errant, allowing further advancement or runs to score. And, Pena is probably the most aggressive player on the team when it comes to stretching a double and he is always successful.

    They’re about the same and this topic really shouldn’t matter as much as the internet Royals fans are making it out to be… Unless everyone think Salvador Perez stinks as well… This argument is even more funny than the Yuni v. Getz at second base argument.

    Why get upset about which mediocre player is in the lineup? Instead get upset that the GM built a roster with so many mediocre players. That’s a better direction for the anger.

  • Matt, Pena has thrown out  11 of 40 attempted stolen bases this seas0n, Quintero has thrown out 14 of 42 attempted stolen bases this season. Respectively that puts Pena at 28% and Quintero at 33% on the season. If this was a comparison between say, John Buck and Quintero/Pena, then I’d be in favor of keeping Quintero but the difference is negligible. Of the two Quintero does not show the hustle that Pena shows behind the plate and on the base paths. If it wasn’t for Pena’s hustle on sunday in Pittsburgh, KC wouldn’t have stod a chance at a possible comeback because Brayan stretched a normal single into a double.

    An additional reason why I think Pena will be retained is he’s signed to a club friendly contract until 2014. Quintero will be a free agent at the end of this season. The best thing KC can hope for is in the next 2 to 3 weeks that theres an injury to another team behind the plate and will create a trade market for the Royals.

  • I’m sorry….nothing’s going to revive Hoch.   He’s done.  We need to get whatever we can get for him, and move on.

  • @Bob – I think you’re right.

    I wonder if a player has ever been released mid-game and escorted from the stadium… That would be a fitting ending for Hochevar. On the road, of course.

  • Right on the money. First game back. Hoch has a complete game shut out.

  • I’d STILL look to move him.  All the more reason to.  Sell high….

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