2B Jose Vallejo (25)
First signed by the Rangers as a NDFA out of the Dominican Republic in 2005, Vallejo came to the Astros in the Pudge Rodriguez trade in 2009 as the player to be named later (along with Matt Nevarez). A switch-hitting second baseman, he has shown mixed results this season as he played for Lancaster, Corpus Christi and Oklahoma City. Although his overall line for the season at .215/.284/.262/.546 is less than impressive, he showed great improvement in the latter part of the season, compiling a .273/.344/.309/.653 line after the All-Star game. He also provided solid defense at second base, putting up a .987 fielding percentage at that position.
One former Astro with a birthday today:
LHP Dave Roberts - died January 9, 2009 at age 64
An absolute workhorse in the 4 seasons that he pitched for Houston (1972 to 1975), Roberts pitched 843.2 innings for the Astros. He was 47-44 with 34 complete games, 11 shutouts, 4 saves, a 3.69 ERA and a 1.358 WHIP. In 13 seasons in the majors (from 1969 to 1981), he also played for San Diego, Detroit, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Seattle and the New York Mets.