LHP Geronimo Franzua (19)
Yes, it is one of the cooler names in the Astros minor league system. Unfortunately Franzua, an NDFA from the Dominican Republic did not fare too well in his second season with the DSL Astros. In 12 games (one start), he had an 8.10 ERA and a 3.225 WHIP.
Four former Astros with birthdays today ~
SS/3B Ray Busse (64)
Originally signed by Houston as a NDFA in 1967, Busse played in a total of 44 games for the Astros in 1971, 1973 and 1974, hitting .153/.209/.200.
RHP Mike Stanton (60)
Drafted by Houston in the first round in 1973, Stanton pitched in only seven games for the Astros in 1975 with a 7.27 ERA and a 2.308 WHIP. He went on to pitch for Cleveland, Seattle and the White Sox with a career 4.61 ERA and 1.509 WHIP.
RHP Ron Mathis (54)
Originally drafted by Detroit in the 30th round in 1980, Mathis came to Houston as a free agent in May of 1982. In 31 games for the Astros in 1985 and 1987, he was 3-6 with a 5.93 ERA and a 1.598 WHIP.
RHP David Weathers (43)
A third round draft pick by the Blue Jays in 1988, Weathers came to Houston as a part of the June 2004 trade with the Mets for Richard Hidalgo. He pitched in 26 games that season with a 1-4 record, a 4.78 ERA and a 1.375 WHIP. In all, Weathers spent 19 seasons in the major leagues playing for nine different teams. He won a World Series with the Yankees in 1996.