He was humble and seemed quite happy to be there.
“Q” attended Socorro High School in El Paso, Texas, where he led the city of El Paso in home runs, RBI, and was elected to the Texas All-State shortstop. When he finished High School he received a scholarship to the University of Texas, Austin. While there he played second base, third base, and shortstop. In addition he appeared in two national championship games, winning one.
Quintanilla wasted no time as he was drafted by the Oakland A’s in the first round (33rd overall) of the 2003 Major Leage Baseball Draft. . In 2003, he played for Low-A Vancouver and High-A Modesto hitting .358 in 40 games.
He started 2004 with Modesto as the A’s 7th ranked prospect and after hitting .315 received a late-season promotion to Double-A Midland.
“Q” began 2005 with Midland as the A’s 8th ranked prospect and on July 15, he was traded along with Eric Byrnes to the Rockies for pitchers Joe Kennedy and Jay Witasick.
The Rockies assigned him to Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox and promoted him to the majors in late July.
He made his debut on July 31 and went 1-3. In each of the next five seasons, Quintanilla would begin the season with Triple-A Colorado Springs and make his way to the majors.
“Q’s” highest batting average was .238 in 2008. As a Rockie he’s a career .220 hitter.
Dante Bichette, Ryan Spilborghs and Omar Quintanilla are the only players in Rockies franchise history to end a game of 12 or more innings with a home run (Bichette did it twice).
Quote from “Q” in 2009….”You never know and especially my role, the utility role, you never know when I’m going to be needed.”
On Feb 12, 2010 “Q” was invited back to attend Rockies Spring Training.
Props to you brotha and welcome back. You’ve got to admit “Q” lives a pretty good life as a Utility Man… 🙂
On a totally surprising and cool note I got a call from my pops today who informed me that he and my mom were in Tucson. I said “Whatcha doing there?” and he informed me that they were at Hi-Corbett watching the Rockies/Mariners game.
I was floored and jealous. After I hung up that got me to thinking. Robert is at that game too and he could take a picture of my parents for me. Sure enough I called Robert and asked him to do that for me and he said “Sure”.
So I may not be there representing in Tucson but you got the next best thing.
D..The Rockpile Ranter