Thursday, November 8, 2012

Happy Birthday - 11/8

LHP Blair Walters (23)
Drafted by the White Sox out of the University of Hawaii in the 11th round in 2011, Walters came into the Astros organization as a part of the July 2012 trade with Chicago for Brett Myers. He made 13 starts for the White Sox in their low A affiliate with good success, compiling a 2.88 ERA and a 1.097 WHIP. He struggled somewhat in making the transition to High A, first for the White Sox and then for the Astros. In his final eight starts of the regular season for Lancaster, he was 3-3 with a 7.62 ERA and a 1.641 WHIP. In the post-season, Walters was 1-0 in two starts with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.600 WHIP.

Former Astros with birthdays today ~

OF John Fishel (50)
Drafted by Houston in the ninth round in 1985, Fishel's entire major league career consisted of 19 games played for the Astros in 1988 in which he hit .231/.310/.346. He was traded, along with two others, to the Yankees in January of 1989 for Rick Rhoden. He was the 1984 College World Series Outstanding Player when he played for California State at Fullerton.

OF Eric Anthony (45)
A 34th round draft pick by Houston in 1986, Anthony played for the Astros from 1989 to 1993, hitting .224/.295/.378. He was traded to the Mariners in December 1993 for Mike Felder and Mike Hampton. He was one of the few players ever to hit a home run into the upper deck of the Astrodome.

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