LHP Tommy Shirley (24)
Originally from Pennsylvania, Shirley was drafted in the ninth round in 2010 out of Xavier University. Coming off an injury, Shirley pitched only a few innings in 2011, but got stretched out a bit in 2012 as he pitched a total of 42 and a third innings out of the bullpen for Tri-City (three appearances) and then Lexington (16 appearances). He ended the season with a 3-4 record, a 2.76 ERA and a 1.299 WHIP.
Former Astros with birthdays today ~
CF Scott Loucks (56)
A fifth round pick by Houston in 1977, Loucks played in 69 games scattered over 1980 to 1983 hitting .260/.308/.288. In July 1984, he was traded to the Montreal Expos for Brad Mills (yes, that Brad Mills).
C/1B J. R. House (33)
Originally drafted by the Pirates in the fifth round in 1999, House came to Houston as a free agent in 2006 and again in 2008. In four games in 2006 and three games in 2008 for the Astros, he never got a hit. However, in 12 seasons of minor league and independent ball, he hit .300/.361/.470. After believing his baseball career to be over due to injuries, he enrolled in West Virginia University and played football for a season in 2005 before coming back to baseball in 2006. In 2012, he became a hitting coach in the Arizona Diamondbacks farm system.