Courtesy of NMSU
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Dreams are still alive for former New Mexico State centerfielder Quinnton Mack as he was drafted in the 35th round (pick No. 1036) of the Major League Baseball (MLB) First Year Draft.
Mack, a native of Las Vegas, Nev., is the first NM State baseball player selected in the MLB draft since former Aggie pitcher Ryan Beck was picked in round No. 30 in 2013 and is the 38thAggie player to be drafted.
“One of the best parts of this job is seeing people like Quinnton Mack get an opportunity to become a professional,” said head coach Brian Green. “He missed his junior season to injury, worked tirelessly in his efforts to improve and ends his senior year as one of the best players in the WAC. We are all really happy for him and we are extremely proud because he was a guy who showed up every day for this program. Today is a good day for the Aggies, no question.”
Mack finished his senior season hitting a team-best .353 (60-of-170) with a team-high 11 doubles to go along with four triples and four home runs. He seemed to attract the MLB scouts with his effortless speed. Not only did Mack lead the team with 13 stolen bases, he ranked fifth in the WAC as well. In 2013, his first year with the team after transferring from the College of Southern Nevada, he also was first on the team and second in the WAC with 17 stolen bases.
“My thought process when I’m about to steal a base focuses on the pitcher,” Mack said. “If he has a high leg kick I go regardless. Or if he’s just slow to the plate I go.”
Mack has been an important player for NM State, and first year head coach Brian Green has helped him in his progression as a player.
“He taught me that being aggressive is more effective,” said Mack.
This aggressive approach helped Mack earn his first Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week award for the week of April 13-19. Although he posted a batting average of .600 that week and helped knock off the No. 1 team in the conference twice, Mack was more pleased with the accomplishment of the team.
Mack comes from an athletic pedigree beginning with his father Quinn [Mack] who played collegiately at UC Santa Barbara and had a short stint with the Seattle Mariners in 1994. Mack’s uncle, Shane [Mack], also played professionally after being drafted in the first round out of UCLA by the San Diego Padres. Shane also played for the Boston Red Sox, Oakland A’s, Kansas City Royals and the Minnesota Twins where he was a member of the 1991 World Series Championship team.