LHP Javier Saucedo (19)
Saucedo was signed as a non-drafted free agent out of Panama in 2010 and spent his second season in the organization with the DSL Astros where he put up a solid season out of the bullpen. In 17 appearances (one start), he was 5-4 with a 3.21 ERA and a 1.322 WHIP. He was mostly used in long relief and could be a candidate for a starting position next season.
RHP Michael Feliz (19)
Signed as a non-drafted free agent from the Dominican Republic in 2010, he started for the GCL Astros this season where he dominated, earning him a promotion to Greeneville. In seven appearances (three starts) for the GCL team, he was 5-0 with a 1.64 ERA and a 0.887 WHIP. He struggled somewhat making the adjustment to Greeneville where he was 1-1 with a 5.13 ERA and a 1.595 WHIP in six starts. He did end the season on a high note, though, as he earned his first Appy League win in a five inning, three hit outing in which he allowed no runs and struck out five.
Five former Astros with birthdays today ~
1B Dick Gernert (84)
Drafted from the Reds in the 1961 expansion draft, Gernert played for the Colt 45's in 1962 at the end of his major league career. In 10 games for Houston, he hit .208/.345/.208.
PH Gene Ratliff (67)
Ratliff had 4 at-bats in 4 games for the Colt 45's in 1965 and that one hit in the majors eluded him.
RHP Charlie Kerfeld (49)
A first round pick by Houston in 1982, Kerfeld pitched for Houston from 1985 to 1987 and again in 1990. In 98 appearances (six starts), he was 15-8 with a 3.95 ERA and a 1.474 WHIP. His best season was by far the 1986 season when he was 11-2 with a 2.59 ERA and a 1.206 WHIP in 61 appearances out of the bullpen. Kerfeld, along with Larry Andersen and Dave Smith, was one of the Astros coneheads back in the day.
C Ronn Reynolds (54)
A fifth round pick by the Mets in 1980, Reynolds came to Houston in an April 1987 trade with the Phillies. In 38 games, he hit .167/.189/.235. Reynolds was also a catcher for the fictional Sidd Finch.
C/PH Hector Gimenez (30)
Gimenez played in two games for Houston in 2006 and didn't get a hit in his two at-bats. Five years later, he would get his first major league hit for the Dodgers. He played in the minors for the White Sox organization in 2012.