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6th All-Time Astros Hitter
Jimmy Wynn by Cody Poage
Affectionally known as the “Toy Cannon,” Jimmy Wynn was one of the first true offensive weapons that the Houston franchise ever had. And while the Colt .45’s/Astros never experienced great success when Wynn was a member of the franchise, he helped paved the way for the newly-formed franchise.
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Originally signed by the Cincinnati Reds, Wynn eventually made his way to Houston in the 1962 first year player draft. He then made his major league debut in 1963, appearing in 70 games for the Colt .45’s. He also appeared only in 67 games in 1964 when he accumulated a -0.3 WAR. But once the move to the Astrodome and a change to playing in the outfield full-time occurred, Wynn’s career ascended to new heights.
From 1965-73, Wynn became one of the staples of the Astros lineup. Playing in the cavernous Astrodome, the “Toy Cannon” topped 30 home runs twice and demonstrated an ability to get on base on a consistent basis. In fact for his Houston career, Wynn is currently ranked fourth in home runs (223) and walks (847).
But after a successful stint in Houston, the team eventually traded to him to the Los Angeles Dodgers before the 1974 season. He later finished his career with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1977 after spending time with the New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves.
Based on his high walk percentage, Wynn became known for his high on-base percentage. Combined with his power, this made the outfielder one of the best Astros hitters in franchise history.
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