LF Marc Krauss (25)
Krauss came to the Astros organization (along with 3B/OF Bobby Borchering) in a July 2012 trade with the Diamondbacks for 3B Chris Johnson. After the trade, Krauss simply tore it up in Corpus Christi, hitting .414/.514/1.000 with two doubles, five home runs and 16 RBI in seven games before a quick promotion to Oklahoma City. Krauss didn't fare quite as well at AAA, hitting .123/.203/.123 in 22 games for the Redhawks.
Former Astros with birthdays today:
RHP Felipe Paulino (29)
First signed by the Astros as a NDFA out of the Dominican Republic in 2001, Paulino was never quite able to put it together for Houston. In 34 starts over 47 appearances for the Astros in 2007, 2009 and 2010, Paulino went 6-21 with a 5.83 ERA and 1.598 WHIP. Traded to the Rockies for Clint Barmes in November of 2010, Paulino only spent a short time with the Rockies, compiling a 0-4 record and a 7.36 ERA, before being dealt to the Kansas City Royals where he has gone 7-7 in 28 games with a 3.55 ERA and and a 1.337 WHIP.
CF Al Heist (died October 2, 2006 at 78)
Drafted from the Cubs in the 1961 expansion draft, Heist played in 27 games for the Colt 45's in 1962, hitting .222/.263/.236. He played for three more seasons for Houston in the minor leagues, but never made it back to the majors.
OF Alex Diaz (44)
Diaz signed as a free agent with Houston in January 1999. He played in 30 games for the Astros that season, hitting .220/.264/.320.
RHP Brandon Puffer (37)
Originally drafted by the Twins in the 27th round in 1994, Puffer first came to the Houston organization in 2000 after pitching in the Atlantic League. In 68 games for the Astros in 2002 and 2003, he was 3-3 with a 4.60 ERA and a 1.611 WHIP.