The Orioles plan to announce Thursday the hiring of former major league outfielder Mark Quinn as the team's next assistant hitting coach, according to an industry source.
Quinn, who played parts of four major league seasons with the Kansas City Royals, has most recently been running one of the top hitting academies in the country, The Baseball School in Houston.
He will fill the spot vacated by Einar Diaz, who moved over to become a bullpen catcher when Rudy Arias' contract was not renewed. Quinn will work with current Orioles hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh.
Quinn was selected from about 100 candidates and was ultimately selected over Royals minor league instructor Milt Thompson, who was the other finalist for the job.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter, vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson and Coolbaugh conducted the final round of interviews.
In Quinn, the Orioles saw an articulate hitting instructor who has worked with a variety of players of different ages and abilities. The Orioles believe his major league experience as a player will help and the team was also impressed with his feel for video and statistical evaluation.
As a player, Quinn batted .282/.324/.481 in four seasons with the Royals. His best season came in 2000, when he finished third in the American League Rookie of the Year voting after hitting .294/.342/.488 with 20 homers and 78 RBIs. After his time with the Royals, Quinn also played in the San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays, St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago White Sox minor league systems, mostly at the Triple-A level, before retiring in 2007.
Quinn became the third player in major league history to hit two homers in his major league debut on Sept. 14, 1999, joining Bob Nieman (1951) and Bert Campaneris (1964). He was known as a free swinger as a player – he walked just 56 times in 1,166 career big league plate appearances.
Quinn, 41, is expected to attend next week's minicamp in Sarasota, Fla., to get a glimpse of the club's spring training facility and meet with some organizational staff there.
The hiring of Quinn was first reported by MASNsports.com.