Friday, March 21, 2014

Happy Birthday - 3/21

Happy Birthday to ~

OF Andrew Aplin (23)
Drafted in the fifth round in 2012 out of Arizona State, Aplin spent his second professional season with the JetHawks, hitting .278/.376/.424 with 32 doubles, seven triples, nine home runs, 107 RBI and 24 stolen bases. He was in the top five in the Astros system in runs scored, doubles, triples, RBI, stolen bases and walks. He was listed as the #19 prospect in the Astros system in the recent Baseball America Prospect Handbook.

C Rene Garcia (24)
Garcia was drafted in the 35th round in 2008 out of high school in his native Puerto Rico. Garcia started the season at Corpus Christi and hit .304/.348/.419 in his first 73 games of the season before being promoted to Oklahoma City on August 1st. In 18 games for the RedHawks, he hit .246/.279/.277.

RHP Bobby Doran (25)
Drafted in the fourth round in 2010 out of Texas Tech, Doran started the season with Corpus Christi and made a couple of spot starts for the RedHawks before his promotion to Oklahoma City on August 3rd. In 31 appearances for the season (21 starts), Doran went 11-2 with a 3.51 ERA and a 1.222 WHIP.

Former Astros with birthdays today ~

1B Prentice Almont "Pidge" Browne (died June 3, 1997 at 68)
Browne played in 65 games for the Colt 45's in 1962, a rookie at 33. According to Baseball-Reference:
Pidge Browne was a long time minor league star who at the age of 33 finally got a shot at the major leagues with the expansion Houston Colt .45's in 1962 ... He was the Texas League home run champion in 1955 when he hit 33 home runs for Shreveport. He later became a fan favorite playing for the Houston minor league team in the late 1950s. 
He hit .210/.298/.320 with four doubles, two triples and a home run for Houston that season and never played in the major leagues again.

OF Tommy Davis (75)
Davis came to Houston in a trade with the Seattle Pilots in August of 1969 and played for Houston for parts of the 1969 and 1970 seasons, hitting .271/.308/.377 over 81 games. Davis spent parts of 18 seasons in the major leagues, playing 1999 games for 10 teams and earning All-Star nods and National League batting titles in 1962 and 1963.

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