Sunday, January 22, 2012

Happy Birthday - 1/22

RHP Jose Valdez (29)
Originally signed as a NDFA out of the Dominican Republic by the Yankees in 2000, Valdez came to Houston via free agency in 2009.  In the minor leagues in 2011, he had a 5.47 ERA and a 1.459 WHIP.  With Houston, he had a 9.00 ERA and a 1.571 WHIP.

RHP Jose Montero (19)
Signed by the Astros as a NDFA out of the Dominican Republic in 2010, Montero did not pitch in 2011 but he is still shown as being in the Astros organization.  In 2010 for the DSL Astros, he was 1-3 in 13 starts (55.2 innings pitched) with a 2.59 ERA and a 1.275 WHIP.

Former Astros with birthdays today

OF Leon Roberts (61)
Played in 106 games in Houston in 1976 and 1977
New hitting coach for Oklahoma City

OF Javier Ortiz (49)
Played in 77 games for Houston in 1990 and 1991


  1. Birthday boy Leon Roberts is the new hitting coach for the Oklahoma City RedHawks.

  2. Good catch, Mike. I've added that.