An all-around athlete Richard Hidalgo hails from Guarenas Venezuela. He joined the Houston Astros in late 1997, after stints in the minors, 1992-1997, with GCL Astros, Asheville, Quad City, Jackson and in early 1991 New Orleans, where he was the second youngest player in the American Association Triple-A Ball.
A fixture in centerfield or right field for seven years in Houston, Richard Hidalgo captured the attention of baseball fans in 2000 when he batted .314 and powered 42 doubles and 44 homers, scored 118 runs and had 122 RBIs.
Defensively he’s a swift runner and has one of the strongest arms in the majors. After the 2000 season he had surgery to clean out fluid and gook from his right knee, and his all-around power declined thereafter. baseballhistorian.com