RHP Ross Seaton (23)
Drafted in the third round as a compensation pick in 2008 out of Second Baptist High School in Houston, Seaton spent most of the 2012 season repeating the AA level at Corpus Christi (with a handful of starts in Oklahoma City) and fine-tuning his skills. Seaton really appears to have turned the corner in his development. Despite a career high 169.1 innings pitched, he actually got stronger toward the end of the season, ending it going 2-0 with a 1.56 ERA and a 0.865 WHIP in his final three starts. For the season, he was 8-9 with a 3.93 ERA and a 1.281 WHIP.
1B Jon Singleton (21)
Originally drafted by the Phillies in the eighth round in 2009, Singleton came to the Astros in the Hunter Pence trade in July 2011. In 131 games for Corpus Christi this season, he hit .284/.396/.497 with 27 doubles, four triples, 21 home runs, 94 runs scored and 79 RBI. And he's just turning 21. Be still, my beating heart!
RHP Juan Minaya (22)
Signed as a non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2008, this is Minaya's fourth season in the Astros organization. In 17 appearances (2 starts) for Tri-City this season, Minaya was 2-2 with a 4.66 ERA and a 1.391 WHIP.
Four former Astros with birthdays today ~
CF Tony Scott (61)
Originally drafted by Montreal in the 71st(!) round in 1969, Scott came to Houston in a June 1981 trade with the Cardinals. In 292 games played for the Astros from 1981 to 1984, he hit .249/.283/.320.
RHP Roger Mason (55)
Mason signed as a free agent with the Astros in February 1989 and pitched in only two games for the Astros that year. In one and a third innings pitched, he had a whopping 20.25 ERA and a 3.000 WHIP.
RHP Chris Holt (41)
Originally drafted by Houston in the third round in 1992, Holt pitched in 103 games (90 starts) for the Astros from 1996 to 2000 with a 21-42 record, a 4.51 ERA and a 1.456 WHIP before being traded to Detroit in December 2000.
C Mitch Meluskey (39)
A 12th round draft pick by Cleveland in 1992, Meluskey came to the Houston system in an April 1995 trade with Cleveland. He played in 135 games for the Astros from 1998 to 2000 before being included, along with fellow birthday boy Chris Holt, in a December 2000 trade to Detroit. He came back to play in 12 games for Houston again in 2003, signing as a free agent. All in all, he hit .287/.389/.465 for the Astros.