Friday, January 30, 2015

Happy Birthday - 1/30

Happy Birthday to ~

LHP Brian Holmes (24)
Drafted by Houston in the 13th round in 2012 out of Wake Forest, Holmes spent his 2014 season pitching for the Advanced A Lancaster team. In 20 appearances (10 starts), he was 5-2 with a 4.53 ERA and a 1.248 WHIP.

RHP Dariel Aquino (19)
An international free agent from the Dominican Republic, this was Aquino's second season as a professional, but his first as a pitcher. In 11 appearances, he was 1-3 with a 5.19 ERA and a 2.308 WHIP in 8.2 innings.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Astros Playing in the Australian Baseball League

The final winter league ended their regular season play last weekend as the Australian Baseball League prepares for their playoffs. Here is how your Astros fared in regular season play:

ADELAIDE

IF Chan Moon
.248/.349/.394 in 47 games
9 doubles, 5 home runs, 21 RBI
26BB:45SO

RHP Tyler Brunnemann
3.12 ERA and 1.077 WHIP in 22 games
9BB:21SO in 26.0IP

MELBOURNE

IF Jared Cruz
.244/.311/.280 in 25 games
8BB:34SO

RHP Lachlan Madden
0.00 ERA and 1.400 WHIP in 2 games
5BB:3SO in 5.0IP

BRISBANE

IF Connor MadDonald
.143/.143/.575 in 5 games (7AB)
(His only hit was a home run.)

PERTH

C Jake Bowey
.500/.500/.500 in 4 games (6AB)

Previously posted:
Astros in the Arizona Fall League
Astros in the Dominican Winter League
Astros in the Mexican Pacific Winter League
Astros in the Venezuelan Winter League
Astros in the Panamanian Winter League

Happy Birthday - 1/29

Happy Birthday to ~

1B Dexture McCall (21)
Drafted by the Astros in the 31st round in 2014, McCall spent his first season playing for the Gulf Coast League Astros. In 50 games, he hit .258/.338/.343 with eight doubles, two triples, one home run and 29 RBI.

C Hank Conger (27)
Originally drafted by the Angels in the first round in 2006, Conger came to the Houston in a November 2014 trade that sent C Carlos Perez and RHP Nick Tropeano to the Angels. In 251 major league games for the Angels from 2010 through 2014, he hit .224/.294/.353 and had a 22% caught stealing rate.

One former Astro also celebrates ~

RHP Brian Meyer (52)
Drafted by Houston in the 16th round in 1986, Meyer pitched in 34 games for the Astros from 1988 to 1990 with an ERA of 2.84 and a WHIP of 1.263. He went on to play in the minor leagues for the Seattle and Cleveland organizations in 1991, but never got back to the majors.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

LBPRC Championship Series Recap

Yesterday, a champion was crowned in Puerto Rico, and Santurce added another championship to their storied legacy. This was their first Puerto Rican championship since 2000, and 13th overall. Consequently, this will also be their first appearance in the Caribbean Series in 15 years.

Santurce 5, Mayagüez 3 (Santurce wins series 4-2)

The Cangrejeros scored the game's final 5 runs; 4 of those came in the bottom of the 8th and put them in the lead. Ruben Sosa put them on the board with an RBI double in the 5th. Travis Ballew came out of the bullpen in the bottom of the 7th and although he gave up a hit and issued a walk, he managed to get the final 2 outs of the inning.

On Monday, Culiacán won the LMP Final as they topped Jalisco 4-3 in game 5. Leo Heras went 0-4 and drove in a run in the 6th on a force play.

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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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Happy Birthday - 1/27

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

LF Phil Plantier (46)
An 11th round pick by the Red Sox in 1987, this is how he got to Houston (according to Baseball-Reference):
December 28, 1994: Traded by the San Diego Padres with Derek Bell, Doug Brocail, Ricky Gutierrez, Pedro Martinez and Craig Shipley to the Houston Astros for a player to be named later, Ken Caminiti, Andujar Cedeno, Steve Finley, Roberto Petagine and Brian Williams. The Houston Astros sent Sean Fesh (minors) (May 1, 1995) to the San Diego Padres to complete the trade.
Plantier played in 22 games for the Astros in 1995, hitting .250/.349/.456 before being traded to the Padres in July of that year. Most recently, he was the hitting coach for the Padres until he was fired in October 2014.

RHP Rusty Meacham (47)
Originally drafted by the Tigers in the 33rd round in 1987, Meacham signed with Houston as a free agent in 1999 and pitched in only five games for Houston in 2000 with less than desirable results. His best season was 1992 for Kansas City when he went 10-4 with a 2.74 ERA and a 1.072 WHIP in 64 appearances.

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