Astros reach terms with three international players

Astros reach terms with three international players

PITTSBURGH -- The Astros, who promised to be active in the international signing period, announced on Tuesday that they had come to terms on contracts with 16-year-old outfielder Luis Payano, 16-year-old shortstop Kristian Trompiz and 17-year-old catcher Victor Tavarez. Terms were not disclosed.

"The Astros have actively scouted this year's international prospect class," general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "These players are a good start and a continuation of our attempts to aggregate the best young talent in baseball."

Payano (6-foot-1, 175 pounds), who is from the Dominican Republic, was signed by Astros Dominican scouting supervisor Rafael Belen and Felix Francisco, who is Houston's special assistant to the general manager/Latin American operations. "Payano is a high-energy player and can be a five-tool player in center field," Francisco said. "He has the ingredients to become a complete player."

Tavarez (6-foot-1, 193 pounds), also Dominican, was signed by Francisco, Belen and Dominican scout Jose Ortiz. "We have scouted Tavarez for some time and feel he has developed quickly in recent months," Francisco said. "He's a good receiver who can throw well and his bat continues to impress our scouts."

Trompiz (6-foot-1, 170 pounds), who is from Venezuela, was signed by Francisco along with Venezuelan scouting supervisor Oscar Alvarado and Venezuelan scout Daniel Acuna. "Trompiz is a plus defender who can play shortstop," Francisco said. "He has good instincts to play the game and is advanced for his age. He also has the ability to make consistent contact and will improve as he gets stronger."

All three players will report to the Astros Academy in the Dominican Republic.