Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Happy Birthday - 1/28

Happy Birthday to ~

LHP Randall Fant (24)
Drafted by Houston in the 29th round out of the University of Arkansas, Fant started his 2014 season and ended it with Tri-City, with a side trip to the GCL in between. In 16 appearances (six starts), he was 3-3 with a 3.62 ERA and a 1.329 WHIP. He walked only nine batters and struck out 57 in 49.2 innings pitched.

These former Astros mark the day as well ~

IF Pete Runnels (died May 20, 1991 at 63)
Runnels came to Houston in a November 1962 trade with Boston and played in 146 games for the Colt .45's in 1963 and 1964, hitting .246/.329/.287. Runnels was a three-time All-Star for Boston with a .291 career batting average and he led the American League in batting average in 1960 and 1962.

RHP Oscar Henriquez (41)
Henriquez signed with Houston as an amateur free agent out of Venezuela in 1991 and pitched in only four games for Houston in 1997 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.250 WHIP. He was subsequently traded to the Marlins in a package for Moises Alou in November 1997.

LHP Wesley Wright (30)
Dequam LaWesley Wright was originally drafted by the Dodgers in the seventh round in 2003 and came to Houston as a Rule 5 pick in 2007. In 286 appearances over six seasons, Wright had a 4.44 ERA and a 1.427 WHIP. His contract was purchased by Tampa Bay in August 2013. He pitched for the Cubs in 2014 after signing with them as a free agent in December 2013.

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