Sunday, November 4, 2012

Happy Birthday - 11/4

RHP Adalberto Flores (26)
Flores was originally drafted by the Marlins in the 32nd round in 2005 out of Puerto Rico and spent time in the Rangers organization before signing with the Astros as a free agent in November of 2011. Flores split his time between Corpus Christi and Oklahoma City in 2012 with a combined ERA of 7.58 and a WHIP of 1.745.

Former Astros with birthdays today ~

C Mark Bailey (51)
A sixth round pick for Houston in 1982, Bailey played for the Astros from 1984 to 1988 before being traded to the Montreal Expos for Casey Candaele in 1988. In 322 games for Houston, he hit .223/.340/.340. Since retiring from playing, Bailey has been a coach in the Astros system.  He served as bullpen coach for the Astros from 2002 to 2009 and has since functioned as the hitting coach for Corpus Christi in 2010 and the hitting coach for Tri-City in 2011 and 2012.

OF Ryan Thompson (45)
Originally drafted by the Blue Jays in the 13th round in 1987, Thompson came to Houston as a free agent in January 1999. In 12 games for the Astros that season, he hit .200/.273/.400.

RHP Ezequiel Astacio (33)
Astacio came to Houston as part of the November 2003 Philadelphia trade for Billy Wagner. In 28 games (14 starts) for the Astros in 2005 and 2006, he was 5-6 with a 6.02 ERA and a 1.592 WHIP. Astacio never made it back to the major leagues but was still pitching in Independent League ball up through 2011.

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