Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Happy Birthday - 7/25

LHP Alex Sogard (25)
Drafted in the 26th round out of North Carolina State by Houston in 2010, Sogard started his season with Lancaster but was called up to Corpus Christi after only six appearances. He was a little bit rocky to start, but has settled in nicely. His combined ERA is 4.01 with a 1.723 WHIP. In his last 10 appearances with Corpus, he is 1-0 with a 1.83 ERA and a 1.373 WHIP.

Several former Astros with birthdays today ~

LHP Billy Wagner (41)
A first round pick by the Astros in 1993, Billy the Kid pitched for Houston from 1995 to 2003. In 464 appearances, he was 26-29 with a 2.53 ERA, a 1.039 WHIP and 225 saves. A three-time All Star for Houston, Wagner would go on to receive four additional All Star nods. He had eight 30-save seasons and two 40-save seasons.

RHP Doug Drabek (50)
Originally drafted by the White Sox in the 11th round in 1983, Drabek signed with the Astros as a free agent in December of 1992. In four seasons with Houston (1993-1996), Drabek was 38-42 with a 4.00 ERA and a 1.319 WHIP in 118 starts. His best season for Houston was his All-Star 1994 season when he went 12-6 with a 2.84 ERA. His best season overall was 1990 for Pittsburgh when he won the Cy Young award after compiling a 22-6 record with a 2.76 ERA.

RHP Larry Sherry (died December 17, 2006 at 71)
Sherry came from Detroit in a June 1967 trade. In 29 games for Houston that season, he was 1-2 with a 4.87 ERA and a 1.623 WHIP. His most notable season was 1959 when he earned the World Series MVP for the Dodgers. According to Baseball-Reference:
In 1959, he was 7-2 with a 2.19 ERA on a team whose team ERA was 3.79. In the World Series, he appeared in four games, pitching 12 2/3 innings with a 0.71 ERA. He won two games, the fourth game and the sixth - which was the winning one for the Dodgers. Sherry also recorded saves in other two Dodger victories.
LHP Fred Schermann (68)
Obtained in a December 1973 trade with Detroit, Schermann was with the Astros in 1974 until he went to the Expos in June of 1975. In 69 games for Houston, he was 2-6 with a 4.29 ERA and a 1.519 WHIP. His most successful season was his 1971 season for Detroit when he was 11-6 with a 2.71 ERA and a 1.239 WHIP.

SS Mick Kelleher (65)
Originally drafted by the Cardinals in the 3rd round in 1969, Kelleher came to Houston in October of 1973. He played in only 19 mostly forgettable games for Houston in 1974 before going back to St. Louis in December of that year. In 1081 official major league at bats, Kelleher never recorded a home run.

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