Showing posts with label Omar Quintanilla. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Omar Quintanilla. Show all posts

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Mets News: Omar Quintanilla makes team, Leaves Seratelli a minor league casualty


Mets News:


According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, Terry Collins said on Friday that Omar Quintanilla would make the team as the backup shortstop over Anthony Seratelli.

Collins said Seratelli could be valuable as a switch-hitter who could man multiple positions. However, the 31-year-old Seratelli struggled at shortstop during Grapefruit League play while batting .213 in 47 at-bats.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mets News and Notes: Recap, Harvey Rehab, Wright Counseling, Mejia, Viola, Davis, Duda, Farnsworth, Pelfrey, Dice-K, Quintanilla, Fan Poll Results


Mets News and Notes:


Spring Training Recap: Mets 7-3 losers to Nationals....Travis d'Arnaud did hit a wind blow HR off Stephen Strasburg

Matt Harvey and the Mets have settled on a rehab plan. During the season’s first couple of months, Harvey will rehab in New York when the Mets are at home and work out in Port St. Lucie when the big-league club is away from Citi Field. Once he begins expected mound work in June, the rehab will shift nearly exclusively to the team’s Florida complex. Read Here

David Wright was among those counseling Harvey on the rehab subject. Read Joel Sherman in the Post

No Relief Role for Jenrry Mejia. Alderson tells media that he will be a starter this season. Read Here

Frank Viola will require open-heart surgery next Wednesday and will be unable to serve as pitching coach at Triple-A Las Vegas. Read more in Newsday and MLB.com.

The Wilpons’ settlement with the trustee collecting money for victims of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme is down to $80 million, to be paid in equal installments in 2016 and 2017. Read ESPN

Sandy Alderson expects Ike Davis and Lucas Duda both to be on the Opening Day roster. Read more in the Post, Star-Ledger and Newsday.

Kyle Farnsworth, who is due to be re-signed by the Mets, rode the bus to Viera on Tuesday with the team despite technically not being a member of the organization. Read Here

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Mets News: Mets re-sign SS Omar Quintanilla to minor league deal


Mets News:


Infielder Omar Quintanilla has re-signed with the Mets on a minor-league deal, according to ESPN NY.

His return gives the Mets a viable backup shortstop should Ruben Tejada be the starter.

Quintanilla had been non-tendered in December.

Monday, December 02, 2013

Mets News: Mets Non-Tender Five Players, Roster Down to 35


Mets News:


The Mets completed their non-tender activity by cutting  Justin Turner, Jeremy Hefner, Scott Atchison, Jordany Valdespin and Omar Quintanilla.

That brings to five the total number of players who became free agents. The Mets are free to re-sign the players, but they also can sign elsewhere.

Hefner was due to miss the 2014 season recovering from Tommy John surgery, so the Mets save his salary. But they would have controlled Hefner in 2015 and beyond if they kept him on the payroll.

Happy Holidays to Justin Turner who just completed a Holiday video that also included Lucas Duda (below). No one is safe on the Mets!


Friday, September 20, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Turner, Wright, Parnell, Wheeler, Quintanilla/Tovar Platoon


Mets News and Notes:

  • Mets injured infielder Justin Turner has not appeared in a game since Sept. 10 because of a Grade 1 right hamstring strain.
  • When Turner returns is the Question?
  • Turner said that's in the hands of the trainers at this point, but returning this weekend in Philadelphia is not out of the question. He did full baseball activities pregame Thursday, although he only ran at what he estimated was 75 or 80 percent.
  • Terry Collins said before Thursday's 2-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants that it was likely Wright will be in the lineup in Philadelphia for the series opener.
  • Wright has not appeared in a major league game since suffering a Grade 2 hamstring strain on Aug. 2.
  • David Wright told ESPNNewYork.com he will wait until Friday to confer with Terry Collins and team trainers and get the go-ahead to play in the series opener at Citizens Bank Park.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Mets News: Mets make it official, Tejada DL, Quintanilla up to play short


Mets News:


Ruben Tejada officially has landed on the disabled list with a right quadriceps strain. Omar Quintanilla has been promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas and will be active for Thursday's Subway Series finale in the Bronx.

Tejada suffered the injury pursuing a foul ball during the ninth inning of Wednesday’s game at Yankee Stadium. He departed with one out remaining.

He spent seven weeks on the DL last season with a strained right quadriceps.

Tejada is hitting .209 with 10 RBIs in 187 at-bats this season and has shown fielding lapses.

Quintanilla is hitting .413 with one homer, 10 RBIs and 10 walks this month with Las Vegas.

The lefty-hitting Quintanilla primarily has played in a platoon at shortstop in Triple-A. Collins similarly could employ a platoon with righty-hitting Justin Turner with the Mets.

The Mets shifted Frank Francisco to the 60-day DL to open a 40-man roster spot for Quintanilla.

Mets Rumors: Quintanilla going to replace Tejada???


Mets Rumors:


Shortstop Omar Quintanilla has been pulled from Triple-A Las Vegas' game on Wednesday night after three innings, signaling he likely would be the replacement assuming Ruben Tejada lands on the DL with a quadriceps injury.

Struggling shortstop Ruben Tejada injured his right quad, the same injury that forced him to miss over a month last season in the ninth inning Wednesday night. He will be evaluated by team doctors in the morning.

Quintanilla, who failed to make the team out of spring training when the Mets opted not to carry a backup shortstop, is having a torrid May. He is hitting .413 with one homer, 10 RBIs and 10 walks during the month.

Overall, Quintanilla is hitting .333 in Triple-A this season.

He hit a combined .243 with four homers and 16 RBIs in 169 at-bats last season with the Mets and Baltimore Orioles.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Hicks Outrighted, D'Arnaud to Minors, den Dekker Injury, Murphy Gets AB's, Wright Swings


Mets News and Notes:

Brandon Hicks has been outrighted by the Mets.

Left unsaid but resulting from the decision: Omar Quintanilla has won the backup shortstop job and will replace Hicks on the 40-man roster.

Hicks hit .116 and committed four errors.

Also sent to minor league camp Sunday: Aaron Laffey, Andrew Brown, Brian Bixler and Jamie Hoffmann.

Laffey will serve as a starter with Triple-A Las Vegas, potentially making him the next call-up should another rotation vacancy arise. His departure from big league camp signals the Mets are confident Shaun Marcum will be OK. Marcum missed a start and received a cortisone shot in his pitching shoulder, but is slated to resume pitching in a game Thursday.

Top catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud has been optioned to minor league camp.

D'Arnaud hit .343 with four RBIs in 35 Grapefruit League at-bats.

"He played very well," Sandy Alderson said. "He met all of our expectations, which I think for the organization and Mets fans were fairly high. He did a very nice job. We're hopeful he'll have a long career in New York. But we're happy with what John Buck has done. We've got an investment in him as well. I think our pitching staff and team overall will benefit overall from John Buck's presence, and ultimately Travis is going to be a very good player for us."

If d'Arnaud spends the first 20 days of the season in the minors, the Mets can delay his free agency from after 2018 season until after the 2019 season.

The Mets can delay d'Arnaud's first year of arbitration eligibility by a year if they ensure he is roughly not one of the top 22 percent of rookies called up this season. One major league executive estimated a call-up after June 15 probably would allow d'Arnaud to miss the "Super Two" designation. The same logic applies to Zack Wheeler.

"As I said, we've got a big investment in John Buck, too," Alderson said when asked about "Super Two" being a motivating factor with d'Arnaud. "I know people talk about control and 'Super Two' and all of that. If John Buck gets hurt tomorrow, Travis d'Arnaud is the front-line catcher."

Matt den Dekker suffered a broken right wrist on Sunday's attempted catch.

Friday, January 04, 2013

Mets sign Infielder Omar Quintanilla again to a minor league contract


Former Orioles infielder Omar Quintanilla has signed a minor league deal with the Mets.

The Orioles acquired Quintanilla from the Mets in July for cash and he immediately became a contributor at second base, becoming the everyday starter there from late July through mid-August. But as Quintanilla's bat cooled, he made just four starts over the regular season’s final six weeks.

Quintanilla recorded a .232/.284/.354 batting line with three homers and 12 RBIs in 36 games with the Orioles while providing steady defense at second. He was 13-for-32 in his first nine starts, hitting .406 in that span.

The Orioles did not tender a contract to Quintanilla in late November, making him a free agent. The organization still expressed interest in signing Quintanilla to aid middle-infield organizational depth.

But instead Quintanilla chose to return to the Mets. He will receive an invitation to major league spring training.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Mets Morning Tidbits: Quintanilla, Duda, Bay, Hojo


Mets Morning Tidbits:

Omar Quintanilla was designated for assignment before the game to clear Bay's roster spot. Quintanilla must clear waivers in order to be sent to the minors. The Mets carried him this long on the major league roster while he went largely unused because they fear losing Quintanilla via the waiver process.

Lucas Duda expects to return to the starting lineup Wednesday for the first time since the second-half opener. Duda received a cortisone shot in his strained left hamstring in New York during Monday's off-day.

With Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Lucas Duda likely starting at two outfield positions now that Duda has received a cortisone shot in his left hamstring, Collins logically could relegate Bay to platoon player and wait until Thursday's matchup with southpaw Gio Gonzalez to start him again. Valdespin or Andres Torres could fill the third outfield spot Wednesday.

Even former hitting coach Howard Johnson, watching elsewhere on TV, tweeted: "With one swing Valdespin might have just saved the Mets season and signaled the end of Jason Bay in NY." 

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Ramirez, Rauch, Bay, Hairston, Young, Beato, Satin, Quintanilla, Tejada, Cedeno


Mets News and Notes:

Rookie Elvin Ramirez could not limit the damage after Santana departed. Ramirez, making his third major league appearance, walked four and was charged with three runs in 1 2/3 innings. The Mets' lone run came with two outs in the ninth inning against ex-teammate Ryota Igarashi.

Jon Rauch rejoined the Mets bullpen after skipping the series in D.C. to allow the inflammation in his "debris"-littered right elbow to calm. He entered with the Mets trailing by nine runs in the eighth and tossed a scoreless frame that included one bloop hit. Rauch said he took anti-inflammatory medication while remaining behind in New York. He assigned the root of the issue to bones grating with each other and irritating a nerve. He told reporters surgery will not be necessary.

Jason Bay, scratched from Thursday's lineup because of nausea he blamed on antibiotics being taken for a sinus infection, made his first appearance with the Mets since April 23 in the series opener. Bay started in left field and batted seventh. He went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. Lucas Duda served as the DH.

Scott Hairston, who entered Wednesday's starting lineup after Bay was scratched, started a second straight game against a right-hander over odd-man-out Andres Torres. The current outfield crunch is not as severe as it will be next Friday, when the Mets return to National League play at home against Cincinnati and lose the DH. At that point, Duda could shift to first base and Ike Davis could be vulnerable. Davis went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in the opener against the Yankees.

Former hitting coach Howard Johnson (@20Hojo) tweeted about Davis: "Ike's reputation of questioning umpires on every strike is coming back to haunt him...anything close goes against him..."

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Roster Moves: Quintanilla, Schwinden, Turner, Acosta


The Mets will promote Omar Quintanilla and Chris Schwinden for Tuesday's game, with Quintanilla -- a former Rockie and Ranger -- expected to start at shortstop.

To clear roster room, the Mets are expected to designate Acosta (11.86 ERA) for assignment and place Turner on the disabled list.

Quintanilla fouled a ball off a foot Sunday, but played Monday for Triple-A Buffalo without issue. He was hitting .282 with six homers and 27 RBIs in 156 at-bats with the Bisons.

Schwinden tossed 99 pitches for Buffalo on Sunday, but presumably would be asked to step in if Hefner has a short outing today in his second major league start.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Mets sign Infielder Omar Quintanilla to a minor league contract


Needing options as a backup middle infielder who can handle shortstop behind Ruben Tejada, the Mets have signed Omar Quintanilla to a minor league contract, a major league source told ESPNNewYork.com.

Quintanilla, 30, appeared in 11 games for the Texas Rangers last season. He went 1-for-22 (.045) with a triple, two RBIs and nine strikeouts. At Triple-A Round Rock, Quintanilla hit .298 with five homers and 25 RBIs in 208 at-bats.

He is a .213 career major league hitter in 522 at-bats spanning six seasons, primarily with the Colorado Rockies.

The Mets have Justin Turner available as a backup option, but ideally need someone who also can step in at shortstop.

The Mets have noted that Quintanilla missed the beginning of last season while completing a 2010 50-game suspension for violating the minor league drug prevention and treatment program.

Omar Quintanilla's Career Batting
 Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
 2005 COL 39 128 16 28 1 1 0 7 9 15 2 1 .219 .270 .242 .512
 2006 COL 11 34 3 6 1 1 0 3 3 9 1 1 .176 .243 .265 .508
 2007 COL 27 70 6 16 4 0 0 5 5 15 0 0 .229 .280 .286 .566
 2008 COL 81 210 28 50 17 0 2 15 15 46 0 0 .238 .288 .348 .635
 2009 COL 58 58 7 10 2 0 0 2 8 27 0 0 .172 .273 .207 .480
 2011 TEX 11 22 3 1 0 1 0 2 0 9 0 0 .045 .045 .136 .182
 Career 227 522 63 111 25 3 2 34 40 121 3 2 .213 .268 .284 .552

According to his statistics, he ain't much of a hitter - hope his glove is better than his bat..
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