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Astros sign two international free agents


HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros agreed to terms on contracts with two more international free agents today: shortstop Frankeny Fernandez and outfielder Felix Lucas, both 16 years old. Terms of the new contracts were not disclosed. The announcement was made by Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow.

Fernandez (6-0, 170 lbs) is from Nagua, Dominican Republic and Lucas (6-3, 195) is from San Cristobal, DR. Both players will report to the Astros complex in the DR.  

Both players were scouted and signed by Astros Director of International Oz Ocampo.  

"Marc Russo, our international crosschecker, identified Fernandez early in the scouting season," Ocampo said. "He is not a showcase player, but he shows the ability to recognize pitches, take competitive at bats, and hit in games against quality pitching. He also stands out for his plus makeup - he is intelligent, hard-working, and focused on his craft. Fernandez finished high school at the age of 16, and speaks some English. We expect him to stay in the middle of the diamond."

Ocampo also commented on Lucas: "Offensively, we like his swing, especially for a power hitter. Lucas is one of only a handful of players in this year's international market who showed plus, raw power and plus arm strength, and he is the youngest of all of them. He is a high-risk, high-reward player who we believe has the right work ethic and aptitude to put it all together."

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