El Pasoan Omar Quintanilla (Socorro High School) re-signed with the New York Mets. The 31 year old infielder signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Quintanilla hit .257 with one home run and four runs batted in his 29 games with the Mets before he was placed on waivers and traded to the Baltimore Orioles last season. With the Orioles, Quintanilla batted .232 with three home runs and 12 RBI’s. He started off hot with a .329 average thru 21 games.
According to the New York Mets website, Daniel Murphy and Ruben Tejada will likely be the starters and Quintanilla will be competing with Second Baseman Justin Turner who hit .269 last season appearing in 94 games, and Houston, Texas native, Shortstop Brandon Hicks, who played in 22 games, finishing with a .172 average.
Omar Quintanilla was the 33rd overall pick in the 2003 draft out of the University of Texas at Austin, selected by the Oakland Athletics. Since his debut in 2005, he has played with four teams. Career wise, he is hitting .220 with six home runs and 50 runs batted in, in 292 games and 691 at-bats.
The New York Mets report to spring training on February 16th in Port St. Lucie, Florida and the first exhibition game is against their National League East rivals, the Washington Nationals on February 23rd at 12:20 p.m. EST.