Saturday, February 21, 2015

Happy Birthday - 2/21

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LHP Bryan Radziewski (23)
Drafted by Houston in the ninth round in 2014, Radziewski spent his first professional season with the Tri-City team. In 15 games (one start), he was 2-0 with a 3.04 ERA and a 1.162 WHIP.

One former Astro celebrates the day as well ~

RHP Jack Billingham (72)
Billingham came to Houston in a trade with the Expos prior to the 1969 season and pitched for the Astros from 1969 to 1971. In 131 appearances (61 starts), he was 29-32 with a 3.75 ERA and a 1.297 WHIP. According to Baseball-Reference, he was a part of this trade to the Reds in 1971 ~
November 29, 1971: Traded by the Houston Astros with Ed Armbrister, Cesar Geronimo, Denis Menke and Joe Morgan to the Cincinnati Reds for Tommy Helms, Lee May and Jimmy Stewart.
He had his best season for the Reds in his 1973 All-Star season. That year he was 19-10 in 40 starts, pitching 293.1 innings with a 3.08 ERA and a 1.200 WHIP. Apparently, his arm didn't fall off after that workload since he went on to pitch another seven seasons in the majors.

Our good friend Appy Astros pointed out that Billingham went on to coach in the minor leagues for several years ending in 2004 as the Pitching Coach of the League Champion Greeneville Astros.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Happy Birthday - 2/20

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LF/DH Telvin Nash (24)
Drafted in the third round in 2009 out of high school in his native Georgia, Nash spent his 2014 season with the AA Corpus Christi team. In 84 games, he hit .227/.330/.484 with four doubles, 22 home runs and 49 RBI.

OF Rodrigo Ayarza (20)
2014 was Ayarza's first season in the Astros organization, having played the previous two seasons in the Rangers organization. In 61 games in the Dominican Summer League, he hit .274/.387/.359. He is originally from Panama.

Former Astros with birthdays today ~

RHP Bill Gullickson (55)
A first round pick by Montreal in 1977, Gullickson came to Houston as a free agent in December 1989. In one season for the Astros in 1990, he was 10-14 with a 3.82 ERA and a 1.459 WHIP in 32 starts. In 1991, after being released by Houston, he went 20-9 for Detroit. Gullickson came in second to Steve Howe in Rookie of the Year voting in 1979.

RHP Jason Hirsh (33)
A second round pick by Houston in 2003, Hirsh started nine games for the Astros in 2006, going 3-4 with a 6.04 ERA and a 1.567 WHIP.  He was traded, along with Taylor Buchholz and Willy Taveras, to the Rockies for Miguel Asencio and he-who-must-not-be-named in December of 2006.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Happy Birthday - 2/19

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LHP Kevin Chapman (27)
Originally drafted by the Royals in the fourth round in 2010, Chapman came to the Houston organization in a March 2012 trade with Kansas City. Chapman started the season in Houston and ended it there. In between he made 43 appearances for Oklahoma City, going 2-1 with a 1.28 ERA, a 1.432 WHIP and 9 saves. In 21 appearances for the Astros, he was 2-0 with a 4.64 ERA and a 1.547 WHIP.

RHP Daniel Mengden (22)
Drafted by Houston in the fourth round in 2014, Mengden only made six appearances in his first professional season, four with the GCL Astros and two with Tri-City. In six games (one start), he had a 3.27 ERA and a 0.909 WHIP in 11 innings.

Two former Astros mark the day as well ~

RHP Chris Zachary (died April 19, 2003 at 59)
Signed by Houston as an amateur free agent prior to the 1962 season, Zachary had a less than awe-inspiring career with Houston as he compiled a 6-16 record with a 4.64 ERA and a 1.466 WHIP in 46 appearances over 5 seasons (1963-1967), but he was only 19 when he made his major league debut.  His best season was with Detroit in 1972; in 25 appearances, he was 1-1 with a 1.41 ERA and a 1.096 WHIP.

OF Don Taussig (83)
Drafted by Houston from the Cardinals in the 1961 expansion draft, Taussig only played in 16 games for the Colt 45's in 1962 (.200 BA) after putting up a very respectable .287/.338/.447 batting line for the Cardinals the prior year.  He never got back to the majors after 1962.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Happy Birthday - 2/18

No future Astros with birthdays today, but several former Astros celebrate ~

OF Brian Bogusevic (31)
Drafted in the first round out of Tulane in 2008 as a LHP, Bogusevic converted to the outfield in mid-2008. In 252 games played for the Astros from 2010 to 2012, he hit .227/.310/.346. On August 16, 2011, Bogusevic became the 26th player in MLB history to hit an Ultimate Grand Slam with a pinch-hit walk-off home run, winning the game by one run. Bogusevic played in the Marlins minor league system in 2014.

SS Rafael Ramirez (57)
Ramirez came to Houston as a free agent in January 1992 and played in 612 games for Houston from 1988 to 1992, hitting .257/.290/.335. He was an All-Star in 1984 for Atlanta.

1B John Mayberry (66)
A first round pick by the Astros in 1967, Mayberry played in 105 games for Houston from 1968 to 1971, hitting .191/.284/.342. Mayberry went on to have a 15-year major league career in which he was an All-Star for Kansas City in 1973 and 1974.

RHP Rocky Childress (53)
Originally drafted by the Phillies in the 21st round in 1980, Childress was purchased by Houston from Philadelphia in November 1986. In 43 appearances for the Astros in 1987 and 1988, he had a 4.02 ERA and a 1.381 WHIP.

We also with Astros Assistant General Manager David Stearns a Very Happy Birthday!!!

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

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Happy Birthday - 2/17

No future Astros with birthdays today, but two former Astros celebrate ~

LHP Mike Cosgrove (64)
A second round pick by the Astros in 1970, Cosgrove pitched in 119 games (20 starts) from 1972 to 1976  with a 12-11 record, a 4.03 ERA and a 1.515 WHIP.

IF Cody Ransom (39)
Originally drafted by the Giants in the ninth round in 1998, Ransom came to Houston in March 2006 from the Mariners. In 19 games for the Astros in 2007, he hit .229/.413/.371 before leaving via free agency that winter. On September 21, 2008, he recorded the final putout at the old Yankee Stadium. He played for Seibu in the Japan Pacific League in 2014.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Happy Birthday - 2/16

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RHP Chris Munnelly (24)
Signed as a non-drafted free agent out of the University of North Carolina in 2013, Munnelly spent his 2014 season pitching out of the Tri-City bullpen. In 15 appearances, he had a 3.38 ERA and a 1.200 WHIP. He walked eight batters and struck out 31 in 26.2 innings of work.

DSL Manager Johan Maya (35)
Maya played for two seasons in the Astros minor league system in 1999 and 2000. 2014 marked his debut as a Manager in the organization as he managed the Astros DSL Blue team. Maya is a native of Venezuela.

These former Astros also mark the day ~

Originally drafted by the Rangers in the second round in 1980, Henry signed as a free agent with Houston in March 1991. In 52 appearances for the Astros in 1991, he had a 3-2 record with a 3.19 ERA and 1.330 WHIP.

SS Glenn Vaughan (died December 18, 2004 at 60)
Signed by Houston as an amateur free agent in 1962, Vaughan played in 9 games for the Colt .45's in 1963, hitting .167/.219/.167.

A first round pick by the Astros in 1981, Bullock played in 24 games for Houston in 1985 and 1986, hitting .174/.191/.217.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Happy Birthday - 2/15

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RHP Jose Rosario (20)
Signed out of the Dominican Republic prior to the 2014 season, Rosario pitched his first professional season for the Dominican Summer League Astros. In 16 games (three starts), he had a 3.80 ERA and a 1.162 WHIP. He only allowed 11 walks in 47.1 innings of work.

These former Astros also celebrate the day ~

RHP Brian Williams (46)
A first round pick by the Astros in 1990, Williams pitched in 130 games (36 starts) for Houston in 1991 to 1994 and again in 1999 with a 19-17 record, a 4.66 ERA and a 1.538 WHIP.

LHP Don Arlich (72)
Signed by Houston as an amateur free agent in 1961, Arlich pitched in eight games for Houston in 1965 and 1966 with an 8.10 ERA and a 2.100 WHIP.

OF Mark Davidson (54)
Originally drafted by Minnesota in the 11th round in 1982, Davidson came to Houston in a May 1989 trade with the Twins. In 175 games for the Astros from 1989 to 1991, he hit .231/.295/.318. He won a World Series with the Twins in 1987.

RHP Larry Yount (65)
A fifth round pick by the Astros in 1968, Yount appeared in only one game for Houston in 1971, but never faced a batter. His brother is Hall of Famer Robin Yount.

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