Sunday, December 7, 2014

Happy Birthday - 12/7

Happy Birthday to ~

2B Frankeny Fernandez (18)
Fernandez signed as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic in July 2013. Fernandez started his first professional season in 2014 in the Dominican Summer League, but merited a promotion to the Gulf Coast League team in early August. In the two venues, combined, he hit .300/.407/.399 with 13 doubles, four triples, one home run, 37 RBI and 35 stolen bases.

Two former Astros have birthdays today as well ~

C Hal Smith (84)
Drafted from the Pirates in the 1961 expansion draft, Smith played in 140 games for the Colt .45's in 1962 and 1963, hitting .236/.287/.365. His best season was probably 1957 when he hit .303/.328/.483 for the Kansas City Athletics with a 37% caught stealing rate. He got his one World Series title with the Pirates in 1960.

LHP Bo Belinsky (died November 23, 2001 at 64)
A Rule 5 pick from the Phillies in 1966, Belinsky pitched in 27 games (18 starts) for Houston in 1967, going 3-9 with a 4.68 ERA and a 1.439 WHIP.

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