Saturday, January 10, 2015

Happy Birthday - 1/10

Happy Birthday to ~

RHP Gonzalo Sanudo (23)
Originally signed as a NDFA out of Mexico by the Twins prior to the 2011 season, Sanudo came to the Astros organization in a March 2013 trade for Mike Kvasnicka. Sanudo started his season in Quad Cities, going 3-0 with a 1.18 ERA and a 0.887 WHIP in seven appearances (two starts). After his mid-May promotion to Lancaster, he had a 6.02 ERA and a 1.414 WHIP in 19 games (six starts).

RHP Vince Wheeland (23)
Drafted by Houston in the 24th round in 2014 out of Oklahoma State, Wheeland appeared in 15 games for Tri-City with a 5.89 ERA and a 1.745 WHIP.

SS Antonio Nuñez (22)
Drafted by Houston in the 18th round in 2014 out of Western Oklahoma State College, Nuñez spent his first season playing for the Greeneville Astros. In 52 games, he hit .190/.342/.241. He walked 36 times while only striking out 26.

These former Astros celebrate the day as well ~

RHP Sammy Gervacio (30)
Gervacio was originally signed by the Astros as a NDFA out of the Dominican Republic in 2002.  He pitched in 35 games for the Astros in 2009 and 2010.  In 2009, he was particularly effective with a 2.14 ERA and a 1.143 WHIP in 29 games. He quickly became a fan favorite in Houston, mainly because of his elaborate wind-up and unconventional pitching style. He last appeared in the Mexican League in 2013.

RHP Larry Hardy (67)
Originally drafted by the Padres in the 23rd round in 1970, this Bellaire, Texas native came to Houston in a December 1975 trade with San Diego. In 15 games for Houston in 1976, he had a 7.06 ERA and a 2.031 WHIP.

1B Jim Lindeman (53)
A first round pick by the Cardinals in 1983, Lindeman signed with Houston as a free agent in February 1993. In nine games with Houston, he hit .348.348/.478.

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