Javier Bracamonte joined the Astros as a bullpen catcher in 2001. In his role, Bracamonte, who wears jersey number 85, travels to Spring Training and on every road trip assisting the coaching staff by catching bullpens, throwing batting practice and hitting infield practice. During his time with Houston, Bracamonte has taken part in four MLB All-Star Games, including the 2018 All-Star Game at Nationals Park in Washington. At the Midsummer Classic, he was the batting practice pitcher in the Home Run Derby for Alex Bregman, who finished with 15 home runs, but was eliminated by Kyle Schwarber (16) in the first round. He also took part in the 2004 All-Star Game in Houston, when caught bullpens and worked pregame activities. He would pitch batting practice in the next two All-Star Games, throwing to Andruw Jones and Jason Bay in 2005 in Detroit and to Miguel Cabrera in Pittsburgh in 2006. A former shortstop and second baseman, Bracamonte played at the New York Yankees Venezuelan Academy from 1988-90, which made him just the third Venezuelan to sign a professional contract after serving as a bat boy in the Venezuelan Winter League. He would join the Astros organization in 2001 after five years of giving private baseball lessons. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, he now resides in Houston, Texas, with his wife, Katie, and his daughters, Jaelyn and Jade. His son Gustavo currently works in the Miami Marlins ticket office.