Monday, May 12, 2014

Happy Birthday - 5/12

Happy Birthday to ~

OF Luis Payano (18)
Payano was signed by Houston in July 2012 out of the Dominican Republic and played his first professional season with the DSL Astros in 2013. In 69 games, he hit .226/.321/.330 with 13 doubles, three triples and three home runs. Baseball America gives us a little more information about Payano in this February 2013 article.

One former Astro celebrates the day as well.

RF Kevin Bass (55)
Originally drafted by Milwaukee in the second round in 1977, Bass came to Houston in September of 1982 along with LHP Frank DiPino and LHP Mike Madden in a trade for RHP Don Sutton. He played in ten seasons for Houston from 1982 through 1989 and again in 1992 and 1993, hitting .278/.330/.423. His best season was his 1986 All-Star season when he hit .311/.357/.486 with 33 doubles, five triples and 20 home runs and had a 20-game hitting streak. A switch-hitter, Bass had almost identical splits hitting lefty/righty for his career. In 1986, he hit over .300 from both sides of the plate.

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