Friday, March 14, 2014

Happy Birthday - 3/14

Happy Birthday to ~

SS Marwin Gonzalez (25)
Gonzalez was drafted from the Cubs in the Rule 5 draft in December 2011 by the Red Sox and then quickly traded to the Astros for Rule 5 pick RHP Marco Duarte. He split his time in 2013 between Oklahoma City and Houston. In 72 games for the Astros, Gonzalez hit .221/.252/.319. For the RedHawks, he hit .262/.293/.349 in 44 games.

Two former Astros celebrate birthdays today as well ~

3B/OF Ty (sometimes Tye) Waller (57)
A fourth round pick by the Cardinals in 1977, Waller came to Houston as a free agent in December 1983 and played in 11 games for the Astros in 1987 with uninspiring results. His best season in the majors was for the Chicago Cubs in 1981 when he hit .268/.303/.451 over 30 games. Waller is currently the first base coach for the Oakland A's.

2B Matt Kata (36)
Originally drafted by Arizona in the ninth round in 1999, Kata signed with Houston as a free agent in December 2008. In 40 games for the Astros (52 plate appearances) in 2009, he hit .200/.212/.220.

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