Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Happy Birthday - 3/10

Happy Birthday to ~

LHP Blaine Sims (26)
Sims was drafted from Atlanta in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft in December 2013. Sims made five appearances with Tri-City before receiving his promotion to Quad Cities. The knuckleballer ended the season with a 5-4 record, 3.31 ERA and 1.677 WHIP in 17 games (12 starts).

SS Mott Hyde (23)
Drafted by Houston in the 26th round in 2014, Hyde played his first professional season for the Tri-City team. In 70 games, he hit .254/.331/.389 with 18 doubles, three triples and three home runs.

A few former Astros celebrate birthdays today as well ~

A fourth round pick by the White Sox in 1982, Cangelosi signed as a free agent with Houston in March 1995 after playing a total of eight seasons for the White Sox, Pirates, Rangers and Mets. In 198 games for Houston in 1995 and 1996, Cangelosi hit .287/.413/.367 before heading to the Marlins in 1997 where he hit .333 in World Series play. He also pitched a total of 4 innings for three different teams (including Houston) and finished his pitching career with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.750 WHIP.

After coming to Houston from the White Sox in a trade in December 1965, Heath hit .301/.353/.350/.703 over 55 games in the 1966 season. He only played in a handful of games for the Astros in 1967 before being picked up by Detroit. Heath earned his MBA from the University of Houston in 1981 and became a very successful financial adviser after retiring from baseball.

A native of Canada and a Yale graduate, MacKenzie pitched in 21 games for Houston after being purchased from the Giants in October 1964 and went 0-3 with a 3.89 ERA and a 1.405 WHIP.

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