Friday, February 28, 2014

Happy Birthday - 2/28

Happy Birthday to ~

C Luis Alvarez (24)
Alvarez is currently a free agent, but has been with the Astros since he first played for the Venezuelan Summer League Astros in 2007. Alvarez went where he was needed in 2013, making stops in Tri-City, Quad Cities, Lancaster and Corpus Christi. In 41 combined games, he hit .282/.340/.511 and switched between Catcher and DH. He had a 39% caught stealing rate in 2013, 37% for his minor league career.

One former Astro with a birthday today ~

RHP Ricky Stone (39)
Originally drafted in the fourth round by the Dodgers in 1994, Stone came to Houston as a free agent in November 2000. In 165 appearances for Houston from 2001 to 2004, he was 10-8 with a 3.80 ERA and a 1.401 WHIP over 187 innings. Stone was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2008 and his wife was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2011.  This follow-up from December 30, 2011 found them both to be cancer free.

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