Monday, December 10, 2012

Happy Birthday - 12/10

Happy Birthday to ~

OF Chris Epps (24)
Drafted in the 45th round in 2011 out of Clemson, this Georgia native split his time in 2012 between Lexington (.226/.311/.338 in 36 games) and Lancaster (285/.376/.589 in 46 games). In the post-season for Lancaster, he hit .353 with three doubles, a triple, a home run, four RBI and a stolen base.

C Jair "Jay" Fernandez (26)
A native of Colombia, Fernandez signed with the Astros organization as a free agent prior to the 2012 season. Fernandez spent the vast majority of his season with Corpus Christi where he hit .269/.341/.419 with ten doubles and six home runs in 56 games. He is currently a free agent.

Former Astros with birthdays today ~

RHP Doug Henry (49)
Originally drafted by the Brewers in the eighth round in 1985, Henry came to Houston as a free agent in November 1997. In 139 games for the Astros from 1998 to 2000, he was 11-8 with 5 saves and had a 3.88 ERA and a 1.372 WHIP.  In four games for Houston in the NLDS in 1998 and 1999, he had a 1.88 ERA and a 1.125 WHIP.

RHP Dan Wheeler (35)
A 34th round pick by Tampa in 1996, Wheeler came to Houston in an August 2004 trade with the Mets. In 205 games for the Astros from 2004 to 2007, he was 6-12 with 23 saves and had a 3.02 ERA and a 1.088 WHIP.  In the NLDS in 2004 and 2005, he pitched in four games with a 1.69 ERA and a 1.313 WHIP.  Since it's his birthday, we'll just say that he didn't fare quite that well in the World Series and leave it at that.  He was traded to the then Devil Rays in 2007 for Ty Wigginton. He played for Cleveland in 2012 and is currently a free agent.

2B Bob Fenwick (66)
A first round pick by the Giants in 1967, Fenwick was drafted from the Giants in the Rule 5 draft in November 1971. In 36 games for the Astros in 1972, he hit .180/.226/.240. According to Baseball-Reference, Fenwick was the only major leaguer born in Okinawa when it was under U.S. control.

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