C Luis Alvarez (22)
A NDFA from Venezuela, Alvarez first played in the VSL in 2007. After sitting out 2010, Alvarez hit .271/.353/.376/.729 for the 2011 season at Greeneville with his batting average increasing as the season progressed. In the Liga Paralela (the Venezuelan minor leagues) this winter, he batted .300/.352/.440/.792 in 17 games.
One former Astro with a birthday today ~
RHP Ricky Stone (37)
Stone appeared in 165 games for Houston from 2001 to 2004, going 10-8 with a 3.80 ERA and a 1.401 WHIP over 187 innings. Stone was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2008 and his wife was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2011. This follow-up from December 30, 2011 finds them both to be cancer free. This will undoubtedly be a particularly happy birthday for Ricky.