Saturday, January 24, 2015

Happy Birthday - 1/24

Happy Birthday to ~

C Jake Rodriguez (23)
Drafted by Houston in the 19th round in 2013 out of Oregon State University, Rodriguez played for Lancaster, Quad Cities and Tri-City in 2014. In 51 games, he hit .128/.195/.179.

RHP Juan Hernandez (22)
Signed as an international free agent from the Dominican Republic in 2012, Hernandez pitched for the DSL team until receiving an August promotion to the Gulf Coast League. In 13 games (two starts), he was 2-4 with a 6.82 ERA and a 1.848 WHIP.

RHP Carlos Sanabria (18)
An international free agent out of Venezuela, Sanabria spent his first professional season in the Dominican Summer League. In 15 appearances (three starts), Sanabria was 2-2 with a 2.82 ERA and a 1.617 WHIP.

Former Astros celebrating birthdays today ~

LF Sandy Valdespino (76)
Valdespino came to Houston in a December 1968 trade with Atlanta and played in 41 games for the Astros in 1969, hitting .244/.326/.277.

LHP Ross Powell (47)
Originally drafted by the Reds in the third round in 1989, Powell came to Houston from Pittsburgh in July 1995. In 27 games for Houston in 1994 and 1995, he had a 6.61 ERA and a 2.327 WHIP.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Happy Birthday - 1/23

Happy Birthday to ~

RHP Keegan Yuhl (23)
Drafted by Houston in the 35th round in 2014, Yuhl split his season between Greeneville and Quad Cities. In 18 appearances, he had a 1.98 ERA and a 1.073 WHIP. He walked eight batters and struck out 33 in 36.1 innings.

Former Astros with birthdays today ~

RHP Don Nottebart (died October 4, 2007 at 71)
Nottebart came to Houston in a December 1962 trade with the Milwaukee Braves and pitched in 88 games (76 starts) for the Colt 45's and Astros from 1963 to 1965 with an ERA of 3.86 and a WHIP of 1.244. Nottebart pitched Houston's first no-hitter on May 17, 1963 against the Phillies.

2B Joey Amalfitano (81)
Amalfitano was drafted by Houston from the Giants in the 1961 expansion draft and played in 117 games for the Colt .45's in 1962, hitting .237/.317/.303.

1B/OF Benny Distefano (53)
A second round pick by the Pirates in 1982, Distefano signed with Houston as a free agent in January 1992. In 52 games for the Astros that season, he hit .233/.303/.300. In 2014, he was the Hitting Coach for the Brooklyn Cyclones, the Mets' short season A affiliate.

RHP Brandon Duckworth (39)
Duckworth came to Houston as a part of the Billy Wagner trade with the Phillies in November 2003. In 26 games (eight starts) for the Astros in 2004 and 2005, he was 1-3 with an 8.08 ERA and a 1.778 WHIP.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Astros Winter League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, January 21, 2015 (and one from today)

We're winding down the regular season Down Under, while two Finals series in the Caribbean are underway.


Adelaide 6, Melbourne 4

Down 4-2 heading into the 6th, the Bite took the lead with a 3-run inning. Chan-Jong Moon finished 1-2 with a sac fly in that 3-run 6th inning and a run scored. Jared Cruz went 1-4 with 2 strikeouts for the Aces.

Game 2 of this series will take place at 7:05 Australian Central Time.


Culiacán 11, Jalisco 8 (Culiacán leads series 1-0)

The Tomateros erupted in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings as they scored all 11 of their runs in those 3 innings, giving them an 11-2 lead that withstood a Jalisco rally that lasted through the final 4 innings of this game. Leo Heras, in the #3 spot as usual for Jalisco, went 1-5 with a run scored and 3 strikeouts.

Game 2 of the LMP Finals is at 8:30.


Santurce 3, Mayagüez 2 in 14 innings (Series tied 1-1)

Santurce tied the game at 2 all the way back in the 5th inning, thanks to Ruben Sosa's solo homer. Ballew ended up getting the win as he allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 over 2 scoreless. He did have to battle himself in the 13th as he uncorked 2 wild pitches; the 2nd resulted in the go-ahead run making it to 3rd.

The series will resume on Friday in Mayagüez.

Happy Birthday - 1/22

Happy Birthday to ~

RHP Mike Hauschild (25)
A 33rd round pick out of the University of Dayton in 2012, Hauschild split his 2014 season between Lancaster and Corpus Christi. In 28 games (20 starts), he had a 4.32 ERA and a 1.268 WHIP. Hauschild walked 34 batters and struck out 118 in 133.1 innings of work.

RHP Jose Montero (22)
Signed by the Astros as a NDFA out of the Dominican Republic in 2010, Montero spent the majority of his 2014 season with the Greeneville Astros, making one rehab appearance in the GCL. In nine games (six starts), he had a 3.27 ERA and a 1.212 WHIP.

Hitting Coach/OF Leon Roberts (64)
A tenth round draft pick for Detroit in 1972, Roberts came to Houston in a December 1975 trade with the Tigers and played for the Astros the following two seasons. In 106 games for the Astros, he hit .267/.324/.405. For the last three seasons, Roberts has served as the hitting coach for the Astros AAA affiliate.

These former Astros celebrate the day as well ~

OF Javier Ortiz (52)
Originally drafted by the Rangers in the first round in 1983, Ortiz came to Houston in a July 1989 trade with the Dodgers. In 77 games for the Astros in 1990 and 1991, he hit .275/.374/.394.

RHP Jose Valdez (31)
Originally signed as a NDFA out of the Dominican Republic by the Yankees in 2000, Valdez came to Houston via free agency in 2009. In 24 appearances out of the bullpen for the Astros in 2011 and 2012, Valdez had a 5.88 ERA and a 1.692 WHIP. He most recently pitched in the Boston minor league system.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Astros Winter League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, January 20, 2015

In the Dominican Republic, Gigantes has erased their early 2-0 series deficit to Estrellas with a 5-3 victory that has evened up the series at 2 games apiece. Game 5 will be tonight at 5:00 Atlantic.

The Mexican Pacific League Championship Series is set to begin tonight in Guadalajara at 8:30 when Jalisco taking on Culiacán.


Mayagüez 8, Santurce 2 (Mayagüez leads series 1-0)

This game was busted open early as Mayagüez put up 7 in the 2nd. Ruben Sosa went 2-3 with a double and a stolen base (2) from the top of the Santurce lineup.

Game 2 will be in Santurce and will take place tonight at 7:30 Atlantic.


Caballos 8, Águilas 4 (Caballos win series 3-0)

OK, this game was the clincher, not Monday's, like I originally thought. Caballos basically dominated this series, outscoring Águilas 34-6 en route to the crown. Telvin Nash doubled in 4 at-bats and scored a run, while Jack Mayfield finished 3-4 with a double, 2 RBI, and 2 runs scored. \

Caballos will represent Panama in the Serie Latinoamericana, which is being held in Panama this year. That tournament runs from February 27 to March 1 and will also feature the champions from Colombia, Nicaragua, and Mexico (not the LMP; the Mexican representative will come out of the Veracruz Winter League).

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Happy Birthday - 1/21

No future Astros with birthdays today, but three former Astros were born on this day ~

RHP Dave Smith (died December 17, 2008 at 53)
An eighth round pick by the Astros in 1976, Smith pitched in 563 games for Houston from 1980 to 1990 with an ERA of 2.53, a WHIP of 1.189, and 199 saves. He was an All-Star for the Astros in 1986 and 1990.

SS Jose Uribe (died December 8, 2006 at 47)
Uribe came to Houston as a free agent in January 1993 and played in 45 games for the Astros that season with a .245/.355/.264 batting line. His best season was 1987 when he hit .291 for the Giants in 95 games.

RHP Jeff McCurry (45)
Originally drafted by the Pirates in the 14th round in 1990, McCurry came to Houston as a free agent in January 1999. McCurry only pitched in 5 games for the Astros that year with forgettable results.