3B Andy Simunic (27)
Drafted by Houston in the 17th round in 2008 out of the University of Tennessee, Simunic has excelled this season in his time at Corpus Christi, hitting .308/.359/.367 in 84 games.
LHP Ambiorix de Leon (21)
A NDFA out of the Dominican Republic, de Leon is in his third season in the Astros organization and his first season with the GCL Astros. In 12 appearances out of the bullpen this season he is 1-2 with a 2.87 ERA and a 1.340 WHIP. He is holding left-handed batters to a .167 batting average.
MGR Rodney Linares (35)
Linares is in his sixth season managing in the Astros minor league system. He managed the Greeneville Astros from 2007 to 2009, Lexington from 2010 to 2011 and is now in his first season managing the Hi-A Lancaster club in the California League. (He's also a very nice guy who spent almost an hour talking to me about the Lancaster players and the Astros farm system for which I am very grateful.)
One former Astro with a birthday today ~
RHP Don Larsen (83)
Larsen came to Houston from the Giants and pitched in 30 games for the Colt .45's in 1964 and in one game for the Astros in 1965 before being traded to Baltimore. In those 31 games (11 starts), he was 4-8 with a 2.40 ERA and a 1.132 WHIP. In 1956, he pitched a perfect game in the World Series for the Yankees, an accomplishment that I personally find to be one of the greatest single accomplishments in the history of baseball.