Friday, January 4, 2013

Happy Birthday - 1/4

Happy Birthday to ~

RHP Zach Dando (22)
Originally from Colorado, Zach was drafted by the Astros in the 32nd round in 2011 out of Central Arizona College. In 19 appearances in relief for Greeneville in 2012, he had a 3.18 ERA and a 1.265 WHIP.

Also Jose Martinez, Pitching Coach for the 2012 DSL Astros, turns 42 today.

Former Astros with birthdays today ~

CF Jason Bourgeois (31)
Jason was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 2nd round in 2000 out of Forest Brook High School in Houston and came to the Astros as a waiver claim in 2010. After putting up rather pedestrian numbers in 69 games for Houston in 2010, Jason found his groove in 2011 as he got more regular playing time. In 93 games for Houston in 2011, he compiled a .294/.323./.357/.680 batting line with 31 stolen bases. He was traded to Kansas City in March 2012 along with Humberto Quintero for Kevin Chapman and D'Andre Toney. Most recently, Bourgeois signed as a free agent with Tampa Bay in December.

RHP Don McMahon (died July 22, 1987 at 57)
McMahon was purchased by Houston from the Milwaukee Braves in May 1962 and pitched in 100 games for the 1962 and 1963 Colt 45's with a ERA of 2.81 and WHIP of 1.245. He was an All-Star for Milwaukee in 1958. He played a total of 18 seasons in the major leagues for seven teams with a 2.96 ERA and a 1.246 WHIP in 874 appearances.

RHP Larry Yellen (70)
Yellen was signed by Houston as an amateur free agent in 1963 and pitched in 14 games for the 1963 and 1964 Colt .45's with a 6.23 ERA and a 1.731 WHIP.

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