RHP Wander Alvino (25)
A NDFA out of the Dominican Republic, Alvino first played for the DSL Astros in 2006. In 46 appearances at Lancaster in 2011, he had a 4.19 ERA and a 1.616 WHIP in 73 innings pitched. In the Dominican Winter League, he appeared in 10 games (5.1 innings pitched) with a 5.06 ERA.
RHP Dayan Diaz (23)
Diaz was signed as a NDFA out of Columbia and first pitched in the VSL in 2006. For Tri-City in 2011, Diaz was an unqualified success in long relief with a 7-3 record in 19 games (1 start) over 50 innings pitched. His 1.98 ERA and 1.140 WHIP were impressive enough to have him named a Baseball America Short-Season All-Star and a MiLB.com Organization All-Star for 2011.
Former Astros with birthdays today
OF/1B Lance Berkman (36)
Berkman, also known as the Big Puma or Fat Elvis, was the Astros first round draft pick in 1997. In 13 seasons (thus far), he has a .296/.409/.545/.954 batting line with 405 doubles, 28 triples and 358 home runs. Berkman played for Houston from 1999 to 2010, when he was traded to the Yankees for Mark Melancon and Jimmy Paredes. He signed with the Cardinals as a free agent in December of 2010. A 6-time All-Star, Berkman was named the 2011 Comeback Player of the Year.
RHP Ryan Bowen (44)
1st round pick in 1986
Pitched in 25 games for Houston in 1991 & 1992
IF Eddie Zosky (44)
4 AB's for Houston in 2000