LHP Edgar Ferreira (20)
A non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic, Ferreira did not pitch in 2012 so I am assuming an injury, particularly considering he missed a month in the middle of the 2011 season as well (and often struggled when he did pitch). We'll just have to wait until 2013 to see what Ferreira has in store for us.
OF Teoscar Hernandez (20)
A NDFA from the Dominican Republic, Hernandez has been on my radar since his first strong season in 2011 with the DSL Astros. This season, he appeared with the GCL Astros and made a pretty decent adjustment to the U.S. In a total of 59 games betweeen the GCL and Lexington, he hit .243/.323/.401 with 13 doubles, two triples, five home runs, 11 stolen bases and 12 outfield assists. He played the final eight games of the season with Lexington.
SS Arturo Michelena (18)
Michelena, a NDFA from Venezuela, made his professional debut with the DSL Astros this season. In 34 games, he hit .202/.234/.252.
Former Astros with birthdays today ~
LHP Bill Henry (85)
In 1969, at the end of his career, he made three appearances for the Astros. In five innings, he had a 0.00 ERA and a 0.800 WHIP. An All-Star for the Reds in 1960, Henry spent a total of 16 seasons in the major leagues, playing for six different teams.
IF Mendy Lopez (39)
Lopez signed as a free agent with Houston in January 2001 and was claimed off waivers by the Pirates in August of 2001. In between, he played in 10 games for the Astros, hitting .267/.389/.467. Lopez has been playing in the Mexican League since 2006 with great success.