Houston Astros Sign Former Cougar Chris Snyder

    Former catcher Chris Snyder
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    Jan. 20, 2012

    HOUSTON - Former University of Houston Cougar standout catcher Chris Snyder signed a one-year contract to play with his hometown team the Houston Astros on Friday.

    Snyder, a Spring Woods High School graduate, was originally drafted in the second round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks and had recently been affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    In three years behind the plate as a Cougar, Snyder combined for 175 hits and a .348 batting average throughout his career. Snyder's 29 home runs and .441 career on-base percentage are good for third and sixth respectively in the Cougars record books.

    Snyder was a Second Team All-America after his 2002 season and was one of three finalists for the Johnny Bench Award, given to the nation's top collegiate catcher. He also was twice selected to the All-Conference USA teams.

    In eight seasons in the big leagues, Snyder has a .231 lifetime batting average with 70 home runs and 274 runs batted in.

    The Cougars open their season at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 17, against Delaware at Cougar Field.

    Season tickets are now on sale at the Houston Athletics Ticket Office. Fans can purchase their tickets by visiting the Athletics Ticket Office from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by clicking here.



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