C Carlos Corporan (29)
Originally drafted by Milwaukee in the 12th round in 2003 out of his native Puerto Rico, Corporan signed as a free agent with the Astros in 2010. For Oklahoma City this season, he hit .286/.349/.447 with 15 doubles and six home runs in 68 games. In Houston, he hit .269/.310/.449 with two doubles and four home runs in 27 games. In 29 regular season games this winter in the Puerto Rican Winter League, he hit .293/.377/.466.
Former Astros with birthdays today ~
OF Jim Pendleton (died March 20, 1996 at 72)
Pendleton was purchased from the Reds in October 1961 and played in 117 games for the Colt .45's in 1962, hitting .246/.279/.371.
LHP Dave Meads (49)
Drafted by the Astros in the sixth round in 1984, Meads pitched in 67 games in Houston in 1987 and 1988 with a 4.48 ERA and a 1.438 WHIP.
IF Craig Shipley (50)
Originally from New South Wales in Australia, Shipley came to Houston in this trade (according to Baseball-Reference):
December 28, 1994: Traded by the San Diego Padres with Derek Bell, Doug Brocail, Ricky Gutierrez, Pedro Martinez and Phil Plantier to the Houston Astros for a player to be named later, Ken Caminiti, Andujar Cedeno, Steve Finley, Roberto Petagine andBrian Williams. The Houston Astros sent Sean Fesh (minors) (May 1, 1995) to the San Diego Padres to complete the trade.In 92 games for Houston in 1995, he hit .263/.291/.345.
It appears that I missed a birthday from last week. Rule 5 pick-up 1B Nate Freiman turned 26 on December 31st. A belated Happy Birthday to Nate.