Signed by the Mets out of the Dominican Republic in 2005, Houston obtained Martinez off waivers from New York in January 2012. In 90 games with AAA Oklahoma City this season, he hit .314/.367/.507 with 23 doubles, two triples and 13 home runs. In 41 games with the Astros, he hit .237/.300/.466 with seven doubles, one triple and six very, very long home runs.
CF Ydarqui Marte (20)
A non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic, Marte first played for the DSL Astros in 2010. He has spent the last two seasons with the GCL Astros, this year hitting .210/.222/.306 in 33 games.
Former Astros with birthdays today:
RHP Brian Powell (died 10/5/09 at age 35)
A second round pick by Detroit in 1995, Powell came to Houston in a December 1999 trade. In ten games (six starts) for the Astros in 2000 and 2001, he was 2-2 with a 6.82 ERA and a 1.602 WHIP.
A first round pick by the Cubs in 1969, Metzger came to Houston in an October 1970 trade. In eight seasons for the Astros (from 1971 to 1978) he hit .229/.291/.293 and led the league in triples in 1971 and 1973. He also led the league in fielding percentage for a shortstop in 1973 and 1976 and won a Gold Glove in the first of those two years.
IF Rob Sperring (63)
Originally drafted by the Cubs in the fifth round in 1971, Sperring came to Houston in a March 1977 trade with the Giants. In 58 games played with the Astros that season, he hit .186/.254/.233.