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Steve McQuail, a New York native, finished in a tie for fourth overall in the Frontier League with 20 home runs on the season despite playing in just 69 games with Schaumburg. The Boomers slugger belted a home run every 3.45 games or one every 13.15 at at-bats and will be playing out the option on his 2012 contract in 2013.
McQuail, 23, hit a homer in his first game as a member of the Boomers on June 17 and didn’t stop hitting the ball over the fence. Despite a full month less than others on the home run leaders list, McQuail’s 20 bombs was good enough for fourth amongst Frontier League sluggers. McQuail finished with a .251 batting average with nine doubles and 57 runs batted in playing primarily first base and designated hitter for Manager Jamie Bennett in 2012.
McQuail came to the Boomers after two seasons in the Toronto Blue Jays system. Originally selected in the 30th round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Canisius College, McQuail went straight to Single-A Auburn in the New York-Pennsylvania League. The 6’2” slugger, who played outfield exclusively with the Blue Jays, batted .229 in 111 games with 18 home runs and 57 runs batted in between Auburn and Vancouver.
At Canisius College, a Division I school in Buffalo, NY, McQuail excelled during his three-year career as a shortstop and designated hitter. A .347 career hitter in college, McQuail smacked 20 home runs in 2010 as a junior to go along with 21 doubles and a .397 batting average. His 81 RBI that year were good for 12th in the nation and McQuail was named to the ABCA-Rawlings All-American Third Team.