Thursday, January 10, 2013

Happy Birthday - 1/10

RHP Erick Gonzalez (21)
A 15th round draft pick in 2012 out of Gateway Community College in Arizona, Gonzalez spent the majority of his season with the GCL Astros (plus one game with Greeneville). In 20 appearances, he was 2-0 with 10 saves, a 1.67 ERA and a 1.222 WHIP.

Former Astros with birthdays today ~

RHP Sammy Gervacio (28)
Gervacio was originally signed by the Astros as a NDFA out of the Dominican Republic in 2002.  He pitched in 35 games for the Astros in 2009 and 2010.  In 2009, he was particularly effective with a 2.14 ERA and a 1.143 WHIP in 29 games. He quickly became a fan favorite in Houston, mainly because of his elaborate wind-up and unconventional pitching style. He played in the Mexican League in 2012.

RHP Larry Hardy (65)
Originally drafted by the Padres in the 23rd round in 1970, this Bellaire, Texas native came to Houston in a December 1975 trade with San Diego. In 15 games for Houston in 1976, he had a 7.06 ERA and a 2.031 WHIP.

1B Jim Lindeman (51)
A first round pick by the Cardinals in 1983, Lindeman signed with Houston as a free agent in February 1993. In nine games with Houston, he hit .348.348/.478.

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