Mark David Quinn
(The Mighty Quinn)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 195 lb.
- School Rice University
- Debut September 14, 1999
- Final Game June 7, 2002
- Born May 21, 1974 in La Mirada, CA USA
Outfielder Mark Quinn was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 11th round of the 1995 amateur draft. In 1998, he led the Texas League in batting average when he hit .349 for the Wichita Wranglers, and he captured another batting crown the next year, posting a .360 average for the Omaha Golden Spikes of the Pacific Coast League. He made his big league debut with the Royals in late 1999, hitting a pair of home runs in his first game. Overall, he hit an impressive .333 with 6 round trippers in just 17 games. His 15 RBI in his first 10 games were the most by a major leaguer since Mitchell Page also had 15 in 1977; as of April 2014, no one has since matched Quinn. The next season, he was the Royals regular leftfielder. He hit .294 with 20 home runs for the club, en route to being named American League Rookie Player of the Year by The Sporting News and a member of the 2000 Topps All-Star Rookie Team. Quinn split 2001 between rightfield, leftfield, and designated hitter, and his production at the plate dropped to 17 homers and a .269 average. He only appeared in 23 games for the Royals in 2002 and hit just .237 in what would be his final year in the majors.
Since 2003, Quinn has played in the San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and St. Louis Cardinals organizations. He spent 2005 with the Long Beach Armada of the independent Golden Baseball League. More recently, Quinn began 2006 with the AA Birmingham Barons in the Chicago White Sox system. He hit .264 with 11 homers and 40 RBIs in 63 games with the team before being promoted to the Charlotte Knights for 3 games late in the season.
His 45 career home runs surpassed Jamie Quirk's total of 43, giving him the most home runs all time for a player whose last name begins with a "Q".
Quinn is the only player since 1919, and possibly the only player ever, to hit five home runs in the first seven games of his career.