RHP Brady Rodgers (22)
Drafted by Houston in the third round in 2012 out of Arizona State, Rodgers quickly made his mark as a starting pitcher for the Tri-City ValleyCats this season, going 7-2 in 12 starts with a 2.89 ERA and a 1.139 ERA and helping to propel the 'Cats to the post-season.
Three former Astros with birthdays today ~
RHP Jim Umbricht (died April 4, 1964 at age 33)
Umbricht was drafted from the Pirates as the 35th pick in the 1961 expansion draft and played for the Colt 45's for two seasons in 1962 and 1963. In 69 appearances for the Colt 45's, he was 8-3 with a 2.33 ERA and a 0.986 WHIP. From Wikipedia:
"Umbricht underwent surgery to remove a tumor from his leg in March 1963 but was able to return to the Colt .45s to post a 4-3 won/loss record and a solid 2.61 earned run average in 35 games that season."
He played his final game on September 26, 1993 and died less than seven months later. His uniform number - 32 - was retired immediately.
Pinch Runner Alonzo "Candy" Harris (65)
Harris didn't get much of a chance. Used primarily as a pinch runner for the Astros in 1967, he only got one AB in 6 games and he struck out. And that, at the ripe old age of 19, was the extent of his major league career.
LHP John Franco (52)
Franco spent his final season (out of 21 total) pitching for the Astros out of the bullpen in 2005, compiling a 7.20 ERA and a 2.133 WHIP before being released on July 2, 2005. His career as a whole makes a much better story though. Franco was 90-87 with 424 saves, a career ERA of 2.89 and a career WHIP of 1.333 (1.88 ERA and 0.977 WHIP in 15 post-season games). He spent 6 seasons with the Reds and 14 seasons with the Mets, leading the league in saves for three seasons and getting an All-Star nod four times. Currently, at 1119 appearances, he trails only two pitchers in games played.