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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Elliott Quinones, Came Through - 3234

Elliott Quinones and the Charleston Wheelers needed a hit, or just something.

It was the bottom of the 12th of this June 1992 game with Spartanburg and the bases were loaded. It was Quinones who came through, ending the game with a game-winning single.

Quinones was in his fourth professional season that year. It was also his last professional season.

Quinones' professional career began in 1989, signed by the Reds as an undrafted free agent, out of Tulane University. Quinones had previously been taken in the 1986 January draft and June secondary, out of Gulf Coast Community College, but he chose to go on to Tulane. Quinones' name has also been spelled Elliot Quinones. His given name is Eliezer Quinones.

At Tulane, in 1988, Quinones had the hot bat. In 188 at bats, he picked up 75 hits, good for a .399 average that still ranks sixth all-time for Tulane. He also scored 60 runs and stole 18 bases, both best on his team that year, according to the Tulane Media Guide.

Late that May in 1988, Quinones singled and scored a game's only run, helping Tulane advance in the regional. He also had an RBI double to tie up another regional contest.

With the Reds, Quinones started play in 1989 in the rookie Gulf Coast League. There, Quinones hit .278 in 38 games, knocking in 15.

For 1990, Quinones moved to rookie Billings, hitting .330 over 54 contests. He also hit six home runs and knocked in 46. In early August, Quinones "raced home from second" with the tying run against Salt Lake, according to The Deseret News.

Quinones arrived at Charleston in 1991, his average dropping on the year to .231. He ultimately didn't do much better in 1992, returning to Charleston. He hit just .236 in his final professional campaign.
1990 CMC-Pro Cards Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:1,122
Made the Majors: 662 - 59.0%
Never Made Majors: 460-41.0%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 287
10+ Seasons in the Minors: 172

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