Thursday, February 20, 2014

Happy Birthday - 2/20

Happy Birthday to ~

LF/DH Telvin Nash (23)
Drafted in the third round in 2009 out of high school in his native Georgia, Nash spent a second season in Lancaster, but last appeared on July 18th. In 62 games, he hit .246/.357/.500 with 10 doubles, 16 home runs and 48 RBI. Nash made a solid improvement in batting average and on-base percentage and lowered his strikeout rate by almost 10 percentage points. He was hitting .324/.432/.585 in his final 10 games.

Former Astros with birthdays today ~

RHP Bill Gullickson (55)
A first round pick by Montreal in 1977, Gullickson came to Houston as a free agent in December 1989. In one season for the Astros in 1990, he was 10-14 with a 3.82 ERA and a 1.459 WHIP in 32 starts. In 1991, after being released by Houston, he went 20-9 for Detroit. Gullickson came in second to Steve Howe in Rookie of the Year voting in 1979.

RHP Jason Hirsh (31)
A second round pick by Houston in 2003, Hirsh started nine games for the Astros in 2006, going 3-4 with a 6.04 ERA and a 1.567 WHIP.  He was traded, along with Taylor Buchholz and Willy Taveras, to the Rockies for Miguel Asencio and he-who-must-not-be-named in December of 2006. He pitched in one game for Amarillo in the Independent League in 2013.

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