If before the season you thought that Carlos Quentin would be the best player in the AL—I tip my cap to you. I guarantee you MLB didn’t think so, since he isn’t even on the all-star ballot. I guarantee you the White Sox didn’t think this would be the case, as they most likely would have sent him down to Triple A, if Jerry Owens wouldn’t have gotten hurt during spring training.
Since most have no idea what Quentin has done so far, try these stats on for size. Leads the AL in OPS and homers. He is 3rd in RBI’s and SLG, while is 4th in OBP and runs scored. His defense and base running has been better than his past reputation hinted at. The White Sox got him in the off-season for a good hit-no field minor league first baseman named Chris Carter, who the D-Backs shuffled off to the A’s in the Dan Haren trade.
Sure the D-Backs are loaded with young outfield talent, but this appears to be a major heist by the White Sox, as Quentin seems to have recovered the ablility he demonstrated in the minors. His biggest competition so far for AL MVP has been Josh Hamilton, who obviously is a compelling story. While they both have similar stats, I give the edge to Quentin, as the White Sox lead their division and Hamilton cost the Rangers the best pitcher up to this point, in all of baseball, Edinson Volquez.