South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect 78: Camilo Quinteiro

Fast mover: Quinteiro started fast with the White Sox, but needs to bounce back from a lackluster 2019. (Phrake Photography/South Side Hit Pen)

Camilo Quinteiro
Second Baseman
180 pounds
Age: 22
SSHP rank among all second basemen in the system: 5
2019 SSS Top Prospect Rank: 37 

Camilo Quinteiro, a native Cuban, signed a minor league contract with the White Sox in September 2017. He began his professional ball not with the DSL Sox but with the AZL squad in 2018, and actually did quite well. In 46 games with the AZL Sox, he showed terrific plate discipline as he slashed .286/.436/.320 with two doubles, one homer, 11 RBIs, 11 stolen bases, 36 walks (18.9%) and 39 strikeouts (20.5%).

After a terrific 10 games with Great Falls to begin the 2019 season in which he slashed .361/.425/.389, Quinteiro struggled in his subsequent two stops with Kannapolis and Birmingham. Combined in 32 games with those two teams, he slashed just .170/.308/.210. Realistically, he should begin the 2020 season with Kannapolis but be granted an early opportunity for promotion to Winston-Salem if he gets off to a good start.

Though Quinteiro has played more third base during his young minor league career, he really profiles more as a second baseman due to his smaller build, speed, and lack of power. He may still have a future with the White Sox as a utility infielder going forward.

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Despite my entire family being Cub fans, I grew up listening to Harry Caray and Jimmy Piersall on the radio as I listened to the entire season of the South Side Hit Men of '77. While it's true I have a myriad of other interests (American history, classic literature, classic rock, classic country, blues, jazz, gardening, family,etc.--not all in that order), few things aside from family surpass my interest in all things baseball--especially the White Sox.

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