The back end of the Cleveland Indians’ rotation has been somewhat of a mess this season. Players like Logan Allen, Tristen McKenzie, Sam Hentges and Eli Morgan have all gotten opportunities to start this season; yet one name still hasn’t been added to that list: Cal Quantrill.
This season, Cal Quantrill has put up a staggering 2.03 ERA, a 1.3 WHIP and has a 217 ERA+ in 26 ⅔ innings. Most of his outings last two-to-three innings, which is longer than most relievers.
So why isn’t Quantrill already a starter?
It comes down to two factors: his 2021 spring training performance and his history as a starter. In the 2021 spring training, Quantrill had an 8.78 ERA in 13 ⅓ innings, which is likely why he started the season in the bullpen. Along with his past history as a starter, wherein the minors as a starter he had a 4.46 ERA and in the majors had an ERA of above five, it’s understandable why the coaching staff and front office have been hesitant to give him a full-time rotation spot.
Quantrill should at least get an opportunity.
With Zach Plesac out due to injury, along with the recent pitching struggles of McKenzie, Hentges, and Morgan (who, to be fair, has had only one start), Quantrill should at least get a chance to throw his hat into the ring for one of the starting rotation spots.