Player Profile: Humberto Quintero


Humberto Quintero is the longest tenured position player on the Houston Astros roster. “Q” was acquired from the Padres prior to the 2005 season in exchange for pitcher Tim Redding. After being shuttled between Houston and the minor leagues for years Quintero has finally established himself as a defensive standout behind the plate. His bat hasn’t been great, but it’s been good enough to keep him on the big club for the last three seasons.

Contrary to rumors concocted by John Heyman, Quintero should serve as the primary back-up for catcher Jason Castro in 2012. While Castro continues to battle problems with injuries, “Q” will get plenty of playing time. Castro probably won’t be ready for opening day due to off-season foot surgery. Quintero also battled injuries last season, missing more than a month due to a high ankle sprain suffered in a collision at the plate.

When healthy, Quintero has been a consistent performer for the Astros. But staying healthy has been a challenge for the catcher. He is definitely among the league leaders in being hit in the head by bats on players’ follow throughs.

Quintero is the team’s most experienced backstop and his familiarity with the young pitchers is a valuable asset. Last season Quintero threw out 23% of runners attempting to steal. Quintero threw out at least 35% of potential base stealers in each of the five previous seasons. Although 23% is respectable, we have come to expect more from Quintero. He also loves to throw behind runners and has a knack for the pick-off.

We pretty much know what to expect from Quintero. Maybe the veteran can have an above average season and provide a little more offense than we are accustomed to. I have a feeling we’re going to need it.

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  • Stroscrow

    Q is undervalued in my opinion. He has been a solid defensive catcher which is exactly what a backup needs to be. I do like his constant pickoff attempts, and with a potentially young staff next year, Q’s prowess could go along way in keeping runners honest.

    Random question Greg: Does Castro’s recent run of injuries have you concerned about his future? Many seem ready to label him as injury prone and move on.

    I don’t know where I stand on this. He has been dependable throughout college, and in his brief time in the minors, up until his freak incident that required knee surgery. Knee surgery and catcher bothers me, but he appeared capable in fall ball. The latest injury doesn’t really bother me because that seems like he was trying to come back to quick and his body couldn’t handle the amount of pressure he was putting it under.

  • Stroscrow

    Q is undervalued in my opinion. He has been a solid defensive catcher which is exactly what a backup needs to be. I do like his constant pickoff attempts, and with a potentially young staff next year, Q’s prowess could go along way in keeping runners honest.

    Random question Greg: Does Castro’s recent run of injuries have you concerned about his future? Many seem ready to label him as injury prone and move on.

    I don’t know where I stand on this. He has been dependable throughout college, and in his brief time in the minors, up until his freak incident that required knee surgery. Knee surgery and catcher bothers me, but he appeared capable in fall ball. The latest injury doesn’t really bother me because that seems like he was trying to come back to quick and his body couldn’t handle the amount of pressure he was putting it under.

    • astrosince1975

      @Stroscrow I think we should definitely be worried about Castro’s future. Like you said, the knee problem is a scary thing for a young catcher. The position is so tough on the knees. I can understand why some people are ready to label him as fragile after the foot injury. A catcher needs to be durable and Castro has yet to prove his durability at the big league level. I am still hopeful that he can get it done. I love his throwing arm and I think he has tremendous potential as a hitter. His .205 average in 2010 is very misleading. He had a line drive percentage of 22.2 which is outstanding. His .250 BABIP also suggests he was unlucky.

      I think he was slightly rushed to the majors due to our lack of quality at the position. Fans expected a lot when he got here because he was a first round pick. He hasn’t lived up to those lofty expectations and many fans became impatient, But he is only 24 and still has time to get his career on track.

      • Stroscrow

        @astrosince1975 Gotcha. Thanks. Just curious. The foot injury doesn’t concern me to much, but we still have to wait longer to see how his knee responds. Offensively I think he should improve.

  • astrosince1975

    @Stroscrow I think we should definitely be worried about Castro’s future. Like you said, the knee problem is a scary thing for a young catcher. The position is so tough on the knees. I can understand why some people are ready to label him as fragile after the foot injury. A catcher needs to be durable and Castro has yet to prove his durability at the big league level. I am still hopeful that he can get it done. I love his throwing arm and I think he has tremendous potential as a hitter. His .205 average in 2010 is very misleading. He had a line drive percentage of 22.2 which is outstanding. His .250 BABIP also suggests he was unlucky.

    I think he was slightly rushed to the majors due to our lack of quality at the position. Fans expected a lot when he got here because he was a first round pick. He hasn’t lived up to those lofty expectations and many fans became impatient, But he is only 24 and still has time to get his career on track.

  • Stroscrow

    @astrosince1975 Gotcha. Thanks. Just curious. The foot injury doesn’t concern me to much, but we still have to wait longer to see how his knee responds. Offensively I think he should improve.