(c) Houston Astros

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Position: OF      Born: Jun 28, 1975      Bats: Right      Throws: Right

The Venezuelan product was the pride of the Astros' farm system in the 1990s and had an up-and-down existence with Houston through eight seasons, having a career year in 2000 at age 25 when he hit .314 with 44 homers and 122 RBIs.

He struggled with knee trouble and batting slumps. Over his time in Houston, Hidalgo batted .278 with 134 homers and 465 RBIs while hitting behind stars like Jeff Bagwell, Lance Berkman and Moises Alou.

A defensive stalwart, Hidalgo also had 69 assists from the outfield.

After a disappointing 2002 season, Richard went back to Venezuela and was shot in the forearm during a botched carjacking. He bounced back in 2003 to hit .309 with 28 homers. However, he was injured and slumped again in 2004 when he was dealt to the Mets for two pitchers. He spent his final season with the Rangers in 2005.