Top 50 Prospect Profile: Carlos Quentin

Top 50 Prospect Profile:  Carlos Quentin

<p>The new year is here, and the <b>FutureBacks.com Top 50</b> is rolling&nbsp; The Top 50 features profiles, commentary, and analysis from the FutureBacks.com staff, Diamondbacks coaches and officials, as well as Scout.com experts.&nbsp; <b>Carlos Quentin</b> deserves special treatment, because Carlos Quentin is special, so we give you a <b>FREE PREVIEW OF PREMIUM CONENT, </b>and when you're talking about Quentin, 'premium' is the right word.

Vital Statistics:

Name Carlos Quentin
Position Outfielder
Age 22
Height 6'2"
Weight 215
Bats Right
Throws Right
'04 Club Hi-A Lancaster JetHawks (California League)/AA El Paso Diablos (Texas League)

Quentin signed with the Diamondbacks in 2003, but missed the season following "Tommy John" ligament replacement surgery. In 2004, he made a splash in his minor league debut. Splitting time with the Hi-A Lancaster JetHawks and AA El Paso Diablos, Quentin led the farm system in batting average (.332). At 22, Quentin was named the Diamondbacks Minor League Player of the Year, and dominated everywhere he went.

2004

Batting Avg

HR

RBI

BB/K

OPS

AB

Lancaster (A)

.310

15

51

25/33

.428

242

El Paso (AA)

.357

6

38

18/23

.443

210

Total

.332

21

89

43/56

.435

452

Batting and Power: Carlos has some serious pop in his bat. He racked up 21 HRs, 1 triple, 33 doubles, and 89 RBI in his first season of pro ball. These numbers combined with a .332 batting average and .533 slugging percentage, prove that Quentin can hit for power and average. He's a smart batter who knows how to get on base. He set a minor league record by being hit by a pitch 43 times this year. He also reached base safely by a hit, walk, or hit by pitch in 115 of 125 games played on the year.  The last test for him was the Arizona Fall League, but that test came back incomplete because back stiffness limited him to less than 20 at bats.

Base Running and Speed: Quentin has pretty good speed with 33 doubles on the year. As far as stealing bases goes, he has a bit of learning to do. In Lancaster he had 5 stolen bases in 6 chances. In El Paso, he was caught stealing 6 times six chances, but he's never really going to be asked to swipe bags.

Defense: The arm is average to above average for a right fielder. There doesn't seem to be any lag in his arm after coming off Tommy John surgery, in fact many scouts have said his arm looks even stronger than it was before the surgery.  He's not a burner, but he's got solid speed, certainly enough for a corner outfield spot, and he takes excellent routes, making many plays look easier than they already are.

ETA: Introducing your 2005 starting right fielder...Shawn Green?  The most interesting, some would say confusing, part of the Shawn Green signing and contract extension is that it leaves Quentin looking for a place to play.  It's possible that he could start the season in left field if Luis Gonzalez's arm isn't fully recovered from offseason elbow surgery.  Once he cracks the bigs most feel it will be almost impossible to sit him, as he seems more than ready to take on the MLB.  If he get 400 at bats, he's already the front runner from NL Rookie of the Year.

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