Omar Quintanilla, acquired from the
The 30-year-old Quintanilla, who was mainly acquired for his defense, has surprised the Orioles with his offense. A career .228 hitter, Quintanilla entered Wednesday's series finale in the Bronx hitting .406/.412/594. He's also hit safely in seven straight games, going 12-for-26 (.462) with three extra-base hits (2 2B, 1 HR), a .464 on-base percentage, a 1.118 OPS and four multi-hit games during that stretch.
Quintanilla drove in three runs in the first two games against the
"It would be easy to say know we knew exactly what [we were getting]," Showalter said of Quintanilla. "We had an open mind about it. He's got some track record of having success. I think he was, if you look at the on-base percentage of the last two, three weeks he played with the Mets, it was good.
"He's a very hungry guy," Showalter added. "He's got a real intensity about him. I can't say I knew exactly but I trusted our people and we did a lot of homework on him. It doesn't surprise me that he approaches the game the way that he does."
With Andino back, it leaves the Showalter with the tough decision of deciding who should start at second. Showalter said both will play and added Andino will likely get his first start since coming of the DL on Friday.
"I was surprised," Quintanilla said about starting over Andino on Tuesday. "Andino is a good player. I don't know what's going to happen. I don't make the decisions but I'm thinking we're both going to be ready to play every day when they need us."