Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Happy Birthday - 3/5

Happy Birthday to ~

C Hayden Timberlake (18)
Signed out of Queensland, Australia in July 2013, Timberlake has not yet made his professional debut.

OF L.J. Hoes (24)
Originally drafted by Baltimore in the third round in 2008, Hoes came to Houston in the July 2013 trade that sent Bud Norris to Baltimore. In 46 games with the Astros after the trade, he hit .287/.337/.371.

Two former Astros celebrate today as well ~

LHP Erik Bedard (35)
Born in Ontario, Bedard was drafted by the Orioles in the sixth round in 1999 and came to Houston as a free agent in January 2013. In 32 games (26 starts) for the Astros in 2013, Bedard was 4-12 with a 4.59 ERA and a 1.483 WHIP. Bedard recently signed with Tampa Bay.

CF Brian Hunter (43)
A second round draft pick for the Astros in 1989, Brian started his major league career in Houston (1994-1996) and ended it in Houston (2002-2003), but played for five other teams in between. He had a .278/.314/.377 batting line in 370 games for Houston. His best season at the plate was 1995 when he hit .302 in 78 games. Per Baseball-Reference, he was part of this trade to Detroit in December of 1996:
December 10, 1996: Traded by the Houston Astros with Doug Brocail, Todd Jones, Orlando Miller and cash to the Detroit Tigers for Brad Ausmus, Jose Lima, Trever Miller, C.J. Nitkowski and Daryle Ward.
He led the American League in stolen bases in 1997 and 1999.

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