Fort Wayne third baseman Gabriel Quintana has been hitting since he got back from the disabled list. But he's been missing on the diamond.
The San Diego Padres want Quintana as an everyday player at the lower levels. He was one of the team's most consistent hitters when healthy early in the season, and he has power to go with that steady swing.
However, Quintana struggles with his fielding. And his time on the DL has exacerbated that problem.
"Every time the ball's hit to him, he's getting caught by surprise, he's not ready," TinCaps manager Jose Valentin said. "He's not anticipating."
Valentin said he has talked to Quintana about the need for consistency defensively. But the lessons haven't had much time to sink in, particularly since the 20-year-old had to take some time away from the field.
Quintana is batting .305 and hit his first home run since returning from a broken hand during Friday's 6-3 loss to Quad Cities. But he hurt the team during the series with some misplayed balls, including one in the first inning Friday.
"He looked pretty good at home plate, but he got three games in here and he's already got four errors," Valentin said. "You got to be consistent because this is about playing defense. Gotta help those pitchers, make a play behind them."