Mark Kevin Gulseth
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 4", Weight 215 lb.
Mark Gulseth reached AA as a player then became a college coach.
Gulseth hit .371 with 11 homers and 72 RBI as a sophomore at UNM, winning All-Western Athletic Conference honors at 1B. He tied for 14th in NCAA Division I in RBI. The tall left-hander kept it up his junior year with a .335 average, 70 runs, 18 home runs and 82 RBI. He was All-Conference again. He tied for 19th in Division I in dingers and tied Harry Berrios and Toby Smith for 6th in RBI. Despite impressive run production numbers in college, he fell to the 19th round of the 1993 amateur draft before the San Francisco Giants selected him. He was the only first baseman they took in the first 37 rounds that year.
Gulseth made his pro debut with the Everett Giants that summer and hit .240/.360/.398. He saw limited action in '94 with the Clinton Giants (.235/.313/.304 in 35 G) and AZL Giants (5 for 20, 2 2B). In 1995, he played for the Burlington Bees (.277/.365/.416 in 41 G) and San Jose Giants (.234/.338/.328 in 22 G). Back with Burlington for all of 1996, he put up a .262/.390/.400 line with 35 doubles and 89 walks, but only 5 home runs. He was three doubles shy of Jesse Ibarra's 38 that led Giants farmhands and was one behind the Midwest League co-leaders. He also led MWl first basemen with a .997 fielding percentage.
Back up with San Jose in '97, Mark improved his batting line to .317/.400/.505. Had he qualified, he would have been 9th in the California League in average. The Minnesota native returned to San Jose in 1998 and hit .283/.357/.430 with 38 doubles. He was one double shy of Frank Charles, the leader among Giants minor leaguers, and two doubles behind Cal League co-leaders Adam Piatt and Cirilo Cruz. He ended his playing career in 1999 with the Shreveport Captains, batting only .228/.309/.290 as a backup to Damon Minor.
Overall, Gulseth had batted .270/.368/.410 in 566 minor league games.
Gulseth later went into curling, winning the North Dakota State Men's Championship in 2005.
He also coached and taught math and health at Leola Public School. He coached boys' and girls' golf from 2000-2004, twice being named South Dakota High School Golf Coach of the Year. He coached the Aberdeen Smittys high school baseball team from 2005-2008, winning three state titles and two more Coach of the Year honors. After earning his master's degree in health and physical education from Northern State University, he coached them from 2008-2010. He was 29-100 at Northern State.