Robb Quinlan

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Robb William Quinlan

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The brother of former major leaguer Tom Quinlan, Robb Quinlan was selected by the California Angels in the 33rd round of the 1995 amateur draft. He did not sign with the club and instead attended the University of Minnesota, where he got a degree in marketing and communications. The now Anaheim Angels drafted him again in the 10th round of the 1999 amateur draft, and he made his pro debut that summer with the Boise Hawks. He hit .322 with the Hawks and led the Northwest League with 77 RBI. The next year, he played for the Lake Elsinore Storm in the California League and hit .317 with the club. He was promoted to the AA Arkansas Travelers in 2001 and posted a .295 average. He continued his rise through the Angels system in 2002 as a member of the AAA Salt Lake Stingers. He was named Pacific Coast League MVP after hitting .333 with 20 homers and 112 RBIs for the Stingers.

Quinlan spent most of the 2003 season back in the PCL before making his big league debut with the Angels in July. He started 23 games in the majors that year, hitting .287 for the club. He began 2004 back at Salt Lake before returning to the Angels. He hit .344 in the bigs and posted a 21-game hitting streak before an injury ended his season in mid-August. In 2005, he was the Angels' starting third baseman on Opening Day. After a stint back in AAA and time on the DL, Quinlan was on the Angels' postseason roster and hit a home run in Game 2 of the ALCS against the Chicago White Sox, who went on to sweep the Angels.

Quinlan spent all of 2006 in the majors, splitting his time between third base, first base and the outfield. He hit .321 with a .491 slugging percentage, but in only 234 at bats. He was limited to 79 games off the Angels' bench in 2007, but saw his average fall to .247 and his slugging to a paltry .348. He returned to the postseason, but went hitless in his only at-bat in the ALDS against the Boston Red Sox. He was back with the Angels in 2008, sharing duties at third base with Chone Figgins and Brandon Wood, hitting for a good average but limited power. His opportunity to ever be a big league regular apparently seemed to be behind him at this point of his career. He played two more seasons with the Angels, in 2009 and 2010, but hit only .243 and .141 in 54 and 23 games respectively.

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