As it seems I mention with every article, it’s only Spring Training. These results don’t mean anything. However, it sure is nice when players are performing extremely well. That’s the case with Jose Quintana, one of the starting pitchers the Angels added this offseason.
On Wednesday night, Quintana threw 3 2⁄3 innings of scoreless ball while striking out six.
“I feel really good,” Quintana said to the media following his outing. “Today, I felt a little slow in the first inning. My command was off going in to righties. But it was the perfect game to make adjustments. I feel really close to being ready for the start of the season.”
So far this spring, Quintana has thrown 10 2⁄3 scoreless innings. He’s struck out 11, issued seven walks and has allowed only three hits. Again, it’s only the spring, but this is definitely an encouraging sign from the veteran starter, who could really give the Angels a boost if he pitches like he did a few years ago.
While he continues to work and get better, Quintana said he’s made an emphasis on throwing his changeup more and being successful with it.
“That’s the pitch I’ve been working on,” he said. “If I get that pitch, my stuff is going to jump better.”
Quintana threw his changeup 7.7 percent of the time in 2020 and 11 percent of the time in 2019. He knows that if he’s able to master that pitch and throw it with confidence he’ll have a very successful season for the Angels.