Saturday, December 13, 2014

Happy Birthday - 12/13

Happy Birthday to ~

LHP Austin Nicely (20)
A 10th round draft pick by Houston in 2013, Nicely played for the Greeneville Astros in 2014. In 12 games (10 starts), he was 2-6 with a 3.88 ERA and a 1.664 WHIP.

A few former Astros also celebrate the day ~

RHP Ron Taylor (77)
Taylor came to Houston in a June 1965 trade with the Cardinals and pitched in 68 games for the Astros in 1965 and 1966 with a 6.03 ERA and a 1.496 WHIP. Following his playing career, he went back to school at the University of Toronto, got his medical degree and became the team doctor for the Blue Jays.

SS/3B Dale Berra (58)
A first round pick by the Pirates in 1975, Berra came to Houston as a free agent in August 1986 and played in only 19 games for the Astros in 1987 at the end of his major league career. He hit .178/.296/.244. According to Baseball-Reference, Berra was once quoted in talking about his father Yogi as saying, "Our similarities are different."

RHP Aneury Rodriguez (27)
Originally signed by the Rockies as a NDFA out of the Dominican Republic in 2005, the Astros acquired Rodgriguez from Tampa Bay in the Rule 5 draft in 2010. After spending all season on the Astros roster as a Rule 5 draft pick in 2011, Rodriguez spent the vast majority of his 2012 season at Oklahoma City with only one start in Houston. In 44 games (nine starts) for Houston, he was 1-6 with a 5.12 ERA and a 1.303 WHIP.

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