RHP Mike Foltynewicz (21)
Folty was drafted in the first round in 2010 out of high school in Illinois. After a somewhat uneven season at Lexington in 2011, he repeated the level and this time he dominated. His 14-4 record with a 3.14 ERA and a 1.362 WHIP in 27 starts (152 innings) led to his being named as the minor league pitcher of the year for the Astros organization as well as the South Atlantic League's most outstanding pitcher. He was also named a mid-season and post-season All-Star for the league.
C Ben Heath (24)
This Virginia native was also drafted in 2010, in the fifth round out of Penn State. He spent the bulk of his season at Lancaster before getting called up to Corpus in late July. He played in only nine games with the Hooks before his season was derailed by injury. His combined batting line was .290/.335/.411. Heath also boasted a 29% caught stealing percentage, his best season thus far in that category.
RHP Yoiner Angulo (21)
Signed as a NDFA out of Columbia, Yoiner only pitched in two games for the DSL Astros at the end of this season, his second in the system. Since he last pitched in May of last season, I am assuming he was coming back from an injury. In two innings, he gave up two hits and one run with no walks and no strikeouts.
Former Astros with birthdays today:
LHP Floyd Bluford "Butch" Henry (44)
If my name was Floyd Bluford, I'd go by Butch too! Originally drafted by the Reds in the 15th round in 1987, Henry came to Houston in September 1990 as a part of the Bill Doran trade with the Reds. Two years later, he was drafted from Houston by the Rockies in the 1992 expansion draft. In 28 starts in 1992, he went 6-9 with a 4.02 ERA and a 1.364 WHIP.
Manager Grady Hatton (90)
Hatton managed the Astros in 1966, 1967 and part of 1968, with a record of 164-221.