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Humberto Quintero

Houston Astros — No. 55
Born: August 2, 1979 (1979-08-02) (age 30)
Maracaibo, Venezuela
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
September 3, 2003 for the San Diego Padres
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Batting Average     .232
Home Runs     9
Runs Batted In     49

Humberto Quintero [oom-BERR-to kin-TAY-ro] (born August 2, 1979 in Maracaibo, Zulia State, Venezuela) is a Major League Baseball catcher in the Houston Astros organization. Quintero was outrighted to the Round Rock Express in June 2007 after Eric Munson was promoted to the Houston Astros. Previously, Quintero played with the San Diego Padres (2003-04). He bats and throws right-handed.

One of eight San Diego catchers behind the plate in 2003-04, Baseball America ranked Quintero number 19 in the Padres farm system. He made two trips to the Padres in 2004, starting 19 games. He went 9-for-18 in his first five games after his first recall from Triple-A Portland Beavers, on June 21.

Quintero was sent to the Houston Astros in April 2005. As Quintero's hitting prowess steadily improved throughout the 2008 season, teammates and fans dubbed him "The Truth", a nickname that is both succinct and appropriate given his pure ability.

He was considered the incumbent starting catcher for the 2009 season due to his experience over J.R. Towles and Lou Palmisano, but will now most likely be the backup since the team came to terms with Ivan Rodriguez on March 16th.

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