Carlos Quentin Gets Big League Call From Arizona Diamondbacks
July 20, 2006
Phoenix, Ariz. - Carlos Quentin (2001-03) became the 75th former Stanford Baseball player to reach the Major Leagues when he was called up by the Arizona Diamondbacks to join the big league club on Thursday. Quentin is the ninth former Stanford player to earn a spot on an MLB Roster during the 2006 season.
Quentin played for three seasons at Stanford from 2001-03, posting a .350 career batting average with 35 homers, 170 RBI and 26 stolen bases. He hit .396 with 12 homers, 64 RBI and 10 stolen bases for the 2003 club to earn All-American honors as well as his third consecutive All-Pac-10 selection as Stanford advanced to its most recent and fifth straight College World Series. He was also one of five finalists for the Golden Spikes Award and a national semifinalist for the Rotary Smith Award, both given annually to the nation's top collegiate baseball player. All three teams Quentin played for at Stanford reached the CWS.
Among the many memories Quentin made at Stanford were his 26-game hit streak as a junior, the game he was hit by an NCAA record five pitches at Florida State (February 9, 2002) and his dramatic game-winning RBI single in the 10th inning of the opener of a doubleheader sweep over Texas in an NCAA Regional championship at Stanford (May 27, 2001).
Quentin was a first round selection (29th overall) by Arizona in the 2003 MLB First-Year Player Draft. He did not play during the 2003 professional season while recovering from elbow surgery following his final collegiate campaign. After graduating from Stanford with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science in December of 2003, he made his professional baseball debut with Class A Lancaster of the California League in 2004, hitting .310 with 15 homers, 51 RBI and five stolen bases over 65 games. Quentin was moved up to Class AA El Paso of the Texas League for his final 60 contests of the 2004 campaign and hit .357 with six homers and 38 RBI for El Paso. He has been with Tucson of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League since the beginning of the 2005 season. Quentin hit .301 with 21 homers, 89 RBI and nine stolen bases in his first season with the Sidewinders. He was hitting .289 with nine homers, 52 RBI and five stolen bases in 85 games at Tucson this year before Thursday's call-up.