Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Happy Birthday - 12/16

Happy Birthday to ~

OF Bryan de la Cruz (18)
Signed as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2013, De la Cruz spent his first professional season in the DSL, hitting .262/.387/.317 in 59 games.

RHP Aaron Vaughn (23)
Signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2014, Vaughn started his season with the GCL and ended it with Tri-City with a very brief stop at Quad Cities in between. In a total of 22 bullpen appearances, Vaughn was 2-1 with a 1.69 ERA and a 0.938 WHIP. He walked six batters and struck out 23 in 26.2 innings of work.

LHP Zach Davis (23)
Drafted by Houston in the 25th round in 2014, Davis spent most of his season with the Greeneville Astros (2.04 ERA and 1.132 WHIP), earning a late season promotion to Tri-City for his final two appearances. He ended the season with a 3.98 ERA and a 1.377 WHIP.

OF Jose Benjamin (19)
An international signing out of the Dominican Republic, Benjamin played his first season for the Dominican Summer League Astros. In 42 games, he hit .235/.349/.309.

Three former Astros celebrate today as well ~

A second round pick by the Astros in 1987, Hennis only got a cup of coffee in the major leagues, but he did it up right. He pitched in three games (nine and two-thirds innings) in 1990, but he managed to keep his ERA perfect at 0.00 with a WHIP of 0.414. Nice. Ken Hoffman of the Houston Chronicle talked to Hennis a while back about his short but stellar career.

Originally drafted by the Reds in the third round in 1984, Jones came to Houston as a free agent in December 1991 and played in 54 games for the Astros in 1992, hitting .190/.271/.302.

OF Charles Gipson (42)
Drafted by Seattle in the 63rd round (no, that's not a typo) in 1991, Gipson signed with Houston as a free agent in January 2005. In 11 at-bats in 19 games, he hit .182/.250/.273. Frequently used as a pinch runner and a defensive replacement, Gipson is one of only a handful of non-pitchers with fewer career plate appearances (366) than games played (373).

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