Alain Quijano returns to the Gary SouthShore RailCats in 2017 for his third straight season as the team’s pitching coach. Since being named the team’s pitching coach in 2015, Quijano has had two players have their contracts purchased by Major League Affiliates (LHP Alex Gunn, 2016 (Arizona Diamondbacks); RHP Christian Herstine, 2016 (New York Yankees).
Quijano played nine seasons of Independent Professional Baseball, including three with Gary (2009, 2011, 2013). Quijano’s best season with the RailCats was on the 2013 Championship Team, where the southpaw won a career-high 12 games. Quijano finished the season 12-7 with a 4.05 ERA in 21 starts, striking out 82 batters in 133.1 innings. Quijano also holds the RailCats’ single-season record for complete games in a season (three). Quijano concluded his professional baseball career in 2014 with the York Revolution of the Atlantic League, posting a 10-10 record with a 4.59 ERA in a career-high 28 starts and 168.2 innings pitched.
A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Quijano pitched collegiately at Grand View University. Before becoming the RailCats’ pitching coach in 2016, Quijano was an assistant coach at his alma mater Grand View University, Moraine Valley Community College and City College of Chicago.