Happy Birthday to ~
LHP Rudy Owens (25)
Originally drafted by the Pirates in the 28th round in 2006, Owens came to Houston in the 2012 trade that sent Wandy Rodriguez to Pittsburgh. In 27 starts this season (between the two organizations), Owens was 10-8 with a 3.48 ERA and a 1.190 WHIP.
RHP Edison Frias (22)
Frias was signed as a non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic and spent his first professional season with the DSL team in 2011. He made a good transition to the States with his 10 appearances (5 starts) for the GCL Astros in 2012. Frias was 4-1 with a 2.14 ERA and a 1.273 WHIP in 46 and a third innings.
Former Astros with birthdays today ~
OF Mike White (74)
Originally drafted from the Angels in the minor league draft in 1961, White played in 100 games for the 1963 and 1964 Colt .45's and the 1965 Astros, hitting .264/.311/.321.
RHP Jim Clancy (57)
A fourth round pick by the Rangers in 1974, Clancy signed with Houston as a free agent in December 1988. In 96 games (36 starts) for Houston from 1989 to 1991, he had a 9-25 record with a 5.03 ERA and a 1.478 WHIP. His best years were for the Toronto Blue Jays for whom he pitched for 12 seasons and won his one All-Star nod in 1982.
RHP Willie Blair (47)
Drafted by the Blue Jays in the 11th round in 1986, Blair came to Houston in a December 1991 trade with the Indians. In 29 games (eight starts) pitched for the Astros in 1992, he was 5-7 with a 4.00 ERA and a 1.258 WHIP. Most recently, he was a pitching coach in the San Diego Padres minor leagues in 2012.