Interview conducted by Taylor Blake Ward, AngelsWin.com
The Angels switch-hitting catching prospect from Cuba had a breakout season in Low-A hitting .312/.435/.530 with 17 home runs and 73 walks in 111 games. His advanced approach at the plate is what the Angels are most excited about, as he rarely swings at pitches out of the zone and barrels up mistake pitches. There's not much to dislike in Quero's game at the plate as he showed a good contact rate, power and an excellent eye which ascended him to the top in the California League in OPS at .965.
Here's a side shot of Edgar Quero taking BP before last night's contest.
Quero also has good speed for a catcher as he stole 14 stolen bases in 20 attempts this season for the IE 66ers.
On the defensive side of things Quero possesses a strong arm, he threw out 25% of would be base-stealers (116) this season. From the Angels folks I've talked to he's received praise on handling the pitching staff, giving him a shot at becoming a solid all-around player on both sides of the ball.
Look at Quero's emotions after the 66ers got a crucial strikeout in last night's game one of the Cal League Playoffs.
You can expect Edgar Quero to shoot up into the 3-5 range in most Los Angeles Angels prospects publications this fall/winter. Baseball America has already recognized the Cuban catcher as the Angels 2022 Minor League Player of the Year.
Here's Quero's 17th home run of the 2022 minor league season.
Without further ado, check out our interview with Baseball America's Angels Minor League Player of the Year, Edgar Quero, conducted by Taylor Blake Ward.
Here is the full interview transcript below.
AngelsWin.com: Edgar Quero, Angels prospect. Thanks to Jeremy Arocho for translating for us. Edgar, just looking at this year, did you expect to do what you did performance-wise this season?
Jeremy Arocho: [Translating English to Spanish for Edgar Quero] -- Edgar Quero: [Answers interview question in Spanish]
Jeremy Arocho: [Speaking English for Edgar Quero] His mentality was always working hard in the offseason. He worked hard, and he was just expecting a year like that. And he got it. Pretty good; worked hard.
AngelsWin.com: And looking at you as a catcher developmental-wise, how do you feel this season went defensively?
Jeremy Arocho: [Speaking English for Edgar Quero] He’s said that he’s a good catcher. But this year he thinks that he could’ve done a little better behind the plate, and he’s going to work hard for the next season in the offseason, to get ready for the next season.
AngelsWin.com: Are there any specific changes you made offensively at the plate in your swing?
Jeremy Arocho: [Speaking English for Edgar Quero] He got the chance to play here last year, like, tight games. And he knew it was a little different, yet I was throwing out the swing a little bit. He was too big, So, this year, he got a chance to come here again, and he’s shoring up his swing. And that’s the big thing that he did hitting-wise.
AngelsWin.com: Being a part of a winning culture here, you guys being in the playoffs and everything, it’s been a big change for the Angel’s organization to have affiliates winning. What do you think it’s done for you as a player and also for the team, and the guys that are in this organization?
Jeremy Arocho: [Speaking English for Edgar Quero] He said as a player, to have two teams in the organization be in the playoffs—and everybody’s been working hard on this team since Day One. So, that’s what got us to the playoffs, pitch-by-pitch, and everybody’s just working hard.
AngelsWin.com: But I know that, you know, when this video comes out, you guys would’ve already known whether you’re still in the playoffs, won a championship, anything like this, but plans for the winter for you?
Jeremy Arocho: In the offseason in the winter, he’s just going to, after this season, he’s got to go in Instructional League and start getting ready for next year. And after that, he’s flying to Miami, and he’s going to keep working hard there, just working on his game.
AngelsWin.com: Okay. Graciąs, muchos graciąs.
Edgar Quero: Thank you.
Editors note: It didn't make it through the translation, but both times he was asked about his off-season and future plans he basically said "after we get our rings this season"... Basically he was speaking very positively about the 66ers postseason hopes. Its pretty cool to see a guy speak with that sort of confidence. He was also very clear that while he considers himself a good catcher, he's no where near satisfied with where he is defensively and stated he knows the areas he needs to work on.
Kid comes across like a hard worker/straight shooter.... There wasn't any real effort to say the right things, he was very straightforward, very concise.
From zero catching prospects to two .... Not too bad.