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After the 2012 season, the need for a backup catcher was an obvious one. Brian Schneider was departing, Carlos Ruiz was to serve a 25-game suspension to start the year and Erik Kratz appeared to be the only viable option in-house. So, in late November, the Phillies inked veteran caller Humberto Quintero to a minor-league deal, ostensibly with the intention to have him begin the year on the roster with minimal financial commitment.
Quintero, 33 at season’s onset, was a stopgap and nothing more. He hit .250/.286/.350 in 21 PA across seven starts before being DFAed upon Chooch’s return. He accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A after clearing DFA waivers, where he lay in wait until he was recalled after Chase Utley hit the DL; the recall also forced Roy Halladay onto the 60-day DL for Quintero to reclaim his 40-man roster spot.
The second go-round was more of the same, with a bit more pop. Quintero posted a .250/.298/.432 line in 47 PA, after which he was designated for a second time, after which he would elect free agency and sign with the Seattle Mariners. Together with his April performance, Quintero contributed a .250/.294/.406 line in 68 PA. Behind the dish, he caught a rather impressive seven of 14 attempted base stealers.
Quintero wasn’t terrible, but he was unremarkable, and there are really only so many words you can spend reminiscing on unremarkability. His best game came shortly before he left town for good, on July 5 against the Braves. Quintero went 2-for-3 with a double and home run, driving in three. It was a nice palette cleanser for his previous appearance, when he struck out in the ninth against utility-infielder-turned-emergency-reliever Skip Schumaker during a Phillies rout. That’s just cold, man.
Quintero probably did as he was expected to do, and for that I’d give him a straight C. Striking out against Schumaker brings on the C-.