Omar Quintanilla graduated from Socorro High School in El Paso, Texas in 2000...Attended the University of Texas, where he played three seasons from 2001-2003...Won a national title in 2002, teaming with Huston Street to help the Longhorns beat South Carolina...Had four hits in the title game, a 12-6 win over the Gamecocks...Named the third baseman on the All-College World Series team...Was a Freshman All-America selection by Baseball America in 2001 and the Big 12 Freshman Player of the Year after hitting .367...Was an All-Big 12 selection in 2001 and 2003 and played for Team USA in 2001...Tied for second in the NCAA with 29 doubles in 2003, as the Longhorns also advanced to the College World Series that year.
Started the season at Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League before the Mets selected his contract on May 30...Spent the remainder of the season at the major league level...Snapped an 0-35 skid that dated to 2012 with a single on May 31 at Miami...Finished with two hits for his first multi-hit game at Citi Field since June 1, 2012...Hit in eight straight (13-38, .342), to tie his career-long run (June 14-June 30, 2008), May 31-June 11...As part of the streak, had multiple hits in four straight (9-15, .600), May 31-June 4, the longest such streak of his career...Tied his career-best with three hits, July 1 vs. Arizona...Reached base five times...Had three hits three other times, last July 9 at San Francisco...Finished with 20 multi-hit games, sixth most on the team...Drove in a career-high three runs, July 2 vs. Arizona...Tied for third in the NL with 19 walks in July...Had a .358 on-base percentage for the month...Appeared in 92 games, 89 starts, at shortstop for the Mets...Also made an appearance at third base...Is the first Mets player in club history with a surname beginning with "Q"...The Mets are represented by 25 letters...No major leaguer has ever had a last name starting with "X."
Traded to Baltimore in exchange for cash considerations on July 20...
Started the season with Buffalo (AAA) of the International League before
the Mets selected his contract on May 29...Had a season high-tying three hits in his Mets debut on May 29 vs.
Philadelphia...Started at shortstop...Had two other games with three hits
with Baltimore (July 29 vs. Oakland and August 10 vs. Kansas City)...Became the first Mets player with a surname beginning with "Q"...The Mets
are represented by 25 letters...No major leaguer has ever had a last name
starting with "X."...Hit his first home run (off Phil Hughes) since August 24, 2008 on June 9 at
New York (AL)...Made his Orioles debut as a defensive replacement on July 21 at Cleveland...Made first start for Baltimore, July 23 at Cleveland playing shortstop (1-3
with a double and RBI)...Had a seven-game hitting streak, July 25-July 31 with four multi-hit games
(.462, 12-26)...A sacrifice fly on August 29 drove in his 16th run of the year to set a
career-high...Hit three home runs in his first 50 at-bats at Camden Yards after hitting
three in 592 major league at-bats prior...Went 0-31 to end the season...His last hit was a home run on August 14
Spent the first 26 games of the minor league season on the Restricted List while completing a 50-game suspension after violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program in 2010...Played in 11 games with Texas from July 22-August 25...Played in five games at second base, three games at shortstop and three games at third base...Was outrighted to Round Rock (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League on September 1...Went 6-6 with three runs scored and four RBI at Albuquerque on July 4.
Appeared in 34 games for Colorado Springs (AAA) of the Pacific Coast before his season was cut short by injuries and a suspension...Placed on the Disabled List, April 8-May 2, with a left knee sprain and May 4-June 5, with a left calf strain...Saw action at second base, shortstop and third base...Last game was July 25 before placed on the MLB Restricted List on August 11 for testing positive for a performance- enhancing substance, in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program...Did not play the rest of the season.
Spent the entire season on the Rockies active Major League roster, hitting .172 (10-for-58)
with 2 RBI in 58 games...made 5 starts (8/23 at 2B, 8/7-8 at 2B; 5/20, 10/4 at SS)...also started at 2B and batted 8th 5/10 vs. FLA, for first start of '09...played in the field in 44 games (75.2 inn. at 2B, 14.0
inn. at 3B, 41.0 inn. at SS)...made one error at second
base and one at shortstop...went 3-for-16
(.188), 3 walks, 11 K's as a pinch-hitter....had just 12
AB's against left-handed pitchers and collected one
hit vs. southpaws (.083)...17 AB's in August were
his most in any month of the season...went 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position, while his first hit in that situation was also with 2 outs (1-for-6 w/RISP, 2
out)...recorded lone multi-hit game (2-for-3) 8/8 vs. CHC...had 2 doubles, both of which were against
Arizona (4/21 at ARI, 9/6 vs. ARI)...had 27 strikeouts in 58 AB's...drew 8 walks...did not hit any home runs,
and his last HR was a walkoff shot 8/24/08 vs. CIN (12th inning)...was on the Opening Day roster for the
first time in his career...recorded first pinch-hit of the season 4/28 vs. SD (began 1-for-5 as PH)...started
at 2B and batted 8th 5/10 vs. FLA, first start of '09...had 10 at-bats (2-for-10), no starts in June...went 0-
for-5 in 4 games in July...made consecutive starts for first time in '09, 8/7-8...had multi-hit/RBI game 8/8 vs.
CHC...started at shortstop in the final game of the regular season, 10/4 at LAD...went 1-for-4 in that
games...had just 2 hits in his final 15 at bats of the season.
Spent the majority of the season with the Rockies, earning a call-up on 4/30 and staying with the big league club the rest of the year...played in career-high 81 games and recorded career-best 210 at-bats...also notched career highs in virtually every offensive category including hits (50), doubles (17), RBI
(15) and walks (15)...played 40 games at second base (21 starts) and 39 at shortstop (32 starts)...started
at shortstop almost exclusively (24 of 25 games) for and extended period (5/24-6/19) while Tulowitzki and
Barmes both spent time on the DL; filled in with a .279 avg. (24-for-86) while committing only one error in
that span...overall committed only 4 errors in 258 total chances, including just one error as a second base-
man (212.2 innings at the position)...17 of his first 46 hits were doubles as he slugged .381 in his first 58
games (.214 slugging pct. with one extra-base hit in final 23 games)...started just 10 games after the A/S
break (8-for-46 in 2nd half, .174 avg.)...batted .306 (33-108) at home and .167 (17-102) on the road...went
0-for-5 with one strikeout as a pinch-hitter...hit 2 home runs including Rockies' only walk-off home run of
2008, the 28th game-ending HR in Rox history, in 12th inn. 8/24 vs. CIN; was his 2nd career HR in 427
AB's and snapped personal 0-for-16 streak at the plate with HR...also scored game-winning run 9/2 vs. SF
and scored winning run in 2 of the Rockies last 3 walk-off wins of the season...recalled from Triple-A
Colorado Springs on 4/30...made '08 debut as def. replacement at 2B in 8th inn. on 4/30 at SF...started
first game of '08 5/2 vs. LAD as second baseman and collected first hit, a double...snapped personal 72-
game errorless streak (264 total chances, 161 assists) with an error in the 9th inning at shortstop 5/24...hit
first career HR 5/31 at CHC off Ryan Dempster in the
2nd inning; ended 303 at-bat homerless stretch in his
career...drove in his 8th run of the year 6/10 vs. SF,
setting a new career best in RBI for a season...batted
.400 (10-for-25) over first 7 games this season, but
then hi t .162 (12-74) over hi s next 24 con-
tests...doubled in 4 straight games 6/15-18...had
career-best 8-game hitting streak from 6/14-7/2 (11-
for-27, .407)...hit safely in 9 straight starts (0-for-2 as
PH in that span -- otherwise he would have a 9-game
hi t streak)...had career-hi gh 2 doubl es 7/19 vs.
PIT...started 3 consecutive games (SS-1, 2B-2) from
7/31-8/2 and went 3-for-11 with 2 RBI in those
games...went 0-for-5 as leadoff hitter 8/10 vs. SD as
he became the 5th different Rockie to bat leadoff for
the club in '08...went hitless in 9 AB's during 8/4-14
homestand (1 start: 8/10 vs. SD as 2B)...delivered
14th last at-bat win (walk-off solo home run) for the
Rockies 8/24 in a 4-3, 12-inning win vs. the Reds (5th
last at-bat win for the Rockies in the month as well as the team's 5th walk-off win of the year); for Quintanilla, it was only the second home run of his career in
427 career at-bats...for the Rockies, it was their first walk-off homer of the season...at the time Colorado
was the only National League club without a walk-off home run and one of only 4 teams in the Majors with-
out (also: Blue Jays, Twins Indians)...singled in the 12th inning and scored game-winning run 9/2 vs. SF,
as he scored winning run in each of the Rockies last 2 walk-off wins...finished his Triple-A season hitting
.329 (24-for-73) with one home run and 8 RBI in 20 games...opened the season with season-high, 6-game
hitting streak from 4/3-8; hit .458 (11-for-24) with 2 doubles and an RBI during the stretch.
Spent most of the season with Triple-A Colorado Springs, but was recalled to the Majors on
three different occasions: May 1-20, July 13-16, and Sept. 4-end of season...batted .229 (16-for-70) with 5 RBI, four doubles, and 6 runs scored in 27 games for the Rockies...hit .286 (6-for-21) with RISP...hit safely
in 12 of 17 starts at .226 (14-for-62)...all 17 starts came at second base where he did not commit an error
in 88 total chances...hit safely in 10 of his first 14 games in his first stint for the Rockies...collected his first
of two multi-hit games on May 9 at St. Louis...appeared in just one game in his second recall of the season...
was recalled a final time on Sept. 4 when roster expanded and appeared in 12 games, going 5-for-
27 (.185) to drop season average from .256 to .229...batted .319 (111-for-348) with three home runs, 43 RBI,
30 doubles, four triples, and 54 runs scored in 98 games for Colorado Springs...hit .313 (31-for-99) vs. lefties
and .321 (80-for-249) against right-handers...batted .305 (57-for-187) prior to the All-Star break and .335
(54-for-161) following the break...played the majority of his games at shortstop (48), but also played 27
games at second base...hit .179 (7-for-39) over his first 12 games, but recorded multi-hit contests in nine of
12 games from April 28-June 2 to rise from .208 to .344...batted .500 (21-for-42) during that stretch...tied
his career high with five hits (second time) in the Sky Sox's 23-11 win on June 7 vs. Tacoma...went 4-for-5 with
two doubles on Aug. 6 at Albuquerque...hit safely in 11 of his final 13 games at .333 (19-for-57).
Spent the majority of the season at Triple-A Colorado Springs, but saw time at the Major League level for the second consecutive season...was recalled on June 3, taking roster spot of Jason Smith, who was designated for assignment...batted .176 (6-for-34) with a double, triple and three RBI in 11 games for the Rockies...started nine games, seven at shortstop and two at second base...hit safely in four of his first five games at .250 (5-for-20), but had just one hit over his final 17 at-bats (.059) to drop to .176...was placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 17 (retro to July 16) with a right shin contusion, an injury sustained after fouling a ball off his right shin on July 15 at Cincinnati...was activated from the disabled list on Aug. 4 and optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he spent the remainder of the year...overall, Quintanilla batted .276 (85-for-308) with 48 runs, 23 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 29 RBI in 82 games with the Sky Sox...hit .217 (18-for-83) vs. left-handing pitching and .298 (67-for-225) against right-handers in the PCL...began the season as the Sky Sox's starting shortstop, appearing in 49 games at short, but moved over to second base in early August after the Rockies had acquired Kazuo Matsui, and played 32 games at that position...posted a .982 (7 e/399 tc) fielding percentage between the two positions...hit .298 (39-for-131) from the leadoff spot in the batting order...batted .347 (34-for-98) with 20 runs, nine doubles, two homers and five RBI in the month of May...posted a pair of double-digit hitting streaks, first a team-high, 13-gamer from May 13-30, during which he batted .407 (24-for-54) to rise from .240 to .293, his highest average at any point in the season...also had an 11-game hitting streak from August 8-20...hit safely in 24 of his last 31 games, but hit just .261 (31-for-119) in that stretch to drop from .290 to .276...in four-game series in Omaha from May 13-16, went 10-for-18 (.556)...had season-high three RBI on Aug. 16 at Sacramento and Sept. 4 vs. Sacramento.
Spent the final two months of the season with Colorado after being acquired from the Oakland Athletics in mid-July...entering the year, had never played above the Double-A level...was the Rockies' starting shortstop for the month of August prior to Clint Barmes' return from the disabled list...spent the year with Double-A Midland of the Texas League prior to the trade and played 13 games for Colorado Springs before his promotion...batted .219 with no home runs and 7 RBI over 39 games in his first major league season...started 30 games at shortstop and 3 at second base...team was 18-15 in his starts...ranked T5th on club with 6 sac bunts...had a .992 (1 e/131 tc) fielding percentage at short and did not commit an error in 20 total chances at 2nd base...only error came on Aug. 19 vs. Chicago (NL) after no errors in the field over his first 169.0 innings in the majors...batted .348 (8-for-23) with a triple and RBI in 7 games against San Francisco...was purchased from Colorado Springs on July 31 when infielder Desi Relaford was designated for assignment...made his major league debut on July 31 vs. Philadelphia in a start at shortstop...recorded his first career major league hit with a 5th inning single off Jon Lieber...from July 31-Aug. 31, started at shortstop for 28 of the team's 30 games...hit safely in 6 of his first 7 big league games at .300 (9-for-30)...recorded first extra base hit and RBI in 2nd big league game on Aug. 2 at San Francisco...had 7 multi-hit games, all 2-hit contests...after Clint Barmes was activated on Sept. 2, Quintanilla made just 5 starts and appeared in 10 total games the rest of the season...went more than 2 consecutive games with an at-bat without getting a hit once, going hitless in his final 3 games of the year...began year with Midland RockHounds of the Texas League, hitting .293 with 4 HR and 25 RBI in 78 games prior to the trade...hit all 4 HR in a span of 11 games from April 26-May 8...went 4-for-4 with a HR, double and 5 RBI on April 26 at San Antonio, most hits in any game all year...posted a 13-game hit streak from May 29-June 11 at .391 (18-for-46), raising season average 28 points in that span...beginning May 29, hit .333 (43-for-129) over his final 39 games with Midland to rise from .261 to .293...was assigned to Colorado Springs when acquired by the Rockies, batting .346 with one HR and 7 RBI in 13 games prior to his promotion to the majors...was his first action above Double-A...hit safely in 11 of the 13 games, including each of first 6 contests.
Batted a combined .321 with 13 home runs and 92 RBI in 131 games with Single-A Modesto and Double-A Midland...added 47 walks for a .379 on-base percentage...tied for sixth among all minor leaguers in hits (175) and his batting average was
10th best among minor league shortstops...ranked third in the A's farm system in batting and tied for fifth in RBI...hit .315 at
Modesto and .351 at Midland and has hit .315 or better in all four of his minor league stops in two professional seasons...then
played for the Arizona Fall League Champion Phoenix Desert Dogs during the winter and hit .374 (34 for 91) with 18 RBI in 25
games...ranked fourth in the AFL in batting...during the regular season, he batted .326 (47 for 144) against left-handed pitchers
and .319 (128 for 401) against right-handers...hit all 13 of his home runs against right-handers...average improved to .346
(54 for 156) with runners in scoring position and he was 8 for 20 (.400) with 20 RBI with the bases loaded...appeared exclusively
at shortstop on defense and had a .947 fielding percentage (32 errors in 608 total chances)...was also 3 for 17 (.176)
in four games at designated hitter...batted in every spot in the order except cleanup...hit .315 with 72 RBI in 108 games with
Modesto...tied for sixth in the California League in batting and was the fifth toughest to strike out with one strikeout per 9.31
plate appearances...tied for the Modesto team lead in triples (5)...hit .267 (56 for 210) at home and .357 (86 for 241) on the
road...increased his batting average in each of the first four months of the season as he hit .235 in April, .287 in May, .352 in
June and .380 in July...had a season high five RBI on May 21 against Bakersfield...had a season high five hits on July 3 at
Visalia as part of an 11-game hitting streak from June 20 to July 6 (21 for 50, .420)...then hit .263 in nine games in August
before he was promoted to Midland on August 12...hit safely in 21 of his 23 games with the Rockhounds and batted .351 with
20 RBI...had a season best 12-game hitting streak from August 17 to 29 (16 for 46, .348)...was transferred back to Modesto
on September 6 and went 2 for 4 in one regular season game...then went 10 for 37 (.270) with six walks and 10 RBI in 10
postseason games to help the A's to the California League Championship.
Began his professional career at Single-A Vancouver and was named to the Northwest League postseason All-Star team as the shortstop...hit .341 in 32 games and led the team with four triples...was promoted to Modesto on Aug. 22 and
batted .417 in eight games...finished with a .358 batting average, two home runs and 20 RBI in 40 games overall...added 15
walks for a .414 on-base percentage and had a .491 slugging percentage...appeared exclusively at shortstop on defense and
also went 4 for 11 (.364) in three games at designated hitter...hit .232 (13 for 56) in his first 15 games with Vancouver but
then put together a 16-game hitting streak from August 4 to 19 (31 for 70, .443)...went 0 for 3 in his final game with the
Canadians on August 21 and then hit safely in seven of his eight regular season games with Modesto...had four hits on August
24 against High Desert...went 3 for 9 (.333) with an RBI in two playoff games for Modesto.