2022 Player Outlook
As a member of the Angels and Giants last year, Quintana posted a 6.43 ERA (4.66 FIP) across 63 innings as a reliever and starter. He was better as a reliever last year, but overall, he still posted career worsts in walk rate (11.8%), HR/9 (1.71) and barrel rate (11.9%). He used his changeup more, which is something that likely figures to carry into 2022. The best thing from Quintana's 2021 season is that he posted a career-best 12.14 K/9, and it marks his second straight season with a K/9 north of 10. However, again, he wasn't great as a starter last season, and it was his numbers as a reliever that helped "save" his 2021 season. He may be the "ace" of the Pittsburgh Pirates staff, but unless you are desperate for innings, or believe that he can strikeout more batters than earned runs he allows in any given start, Quintana isn't an arm you want to be heavily invested in.