2002-03 Honor Roll: Carlos Quentin

The seventh winner of The Bootleg's Honor Roll award is baseball's Carlos Quentin. Carlos had a monster year in 2003, leading his team to the national title game. He was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first round of the 2003 MLB draft.

In the May/June issue of The Bootleg Magazine (re-published on TheBootleg.com in late-June), we introduced The Bootleg Honor Roll and also released a list of 30 finalists for this award for the 2002/2003 school-year. Here is a link to that story.

The criteria are as follows:

Each academic year, The Bootleg’s Honor Roll will recognize the top ten Stanford student-athletes who have performed at an exceptional level, with athletic accomplishments that are both extraordinary and inspirational. While achieving athletic success, these athletes should also have displayed uncommon leadership, sportsmanship and respect towards their fellow teammates and opponents. Finally, these honorees’ performances and actions should also demonstrate their love for their particular sport as well as their school pride, the famed “Spirit of Stanford.”

During the month of July, we will be releasing the 10 winners of this prestigious award, one by one. The announced winners so far are baseball catcher Ryan Garko, water polo’s Tony Azevedo, volleyball's Logan Tom, soccer's Marcia Wallis and track & field's Grant Robison and swimmer Tara Kirk.

The seventh recipient of The Bootleg Honor Roll award is baseball outfielder Carlos Quentin. From Chula Vista, CA, Quentin batted .396 in 2003 (seventh-highest single-season batting average all-time at Stanford), with 12 home runs and 64 RBI. He led the team in doubles (23), walks (34), hit-by-pitches (13) and on-base percentage (.491) and ranked #2 (behind Ryan Garko) in most other important stats. Quentin's .350 career average at Stanford ranks #9 all-time. In the post-season, Quentin heated up, leading Stanford with a .550 average as the team came one game short of a national title. Amazingly, Quentin achieved all this success this past season despite a bum shoulder that required surgery in early July.

Quentin was a 2nd team All-American and earned all Pac-10 honors for a third consecutive year. He was also one of five finalists for the prestigious Golden Spikes Award. Despite his shoulder problems, Quentin was selected in the first round of the 2003 Major League Baseball draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks (#29 overall). After undergoing a “Tommy John” surgery on his shoulder this summer, Quentin should be ready to go in spring training 2004.

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