HOUSTON, TX — The Houston Astros have signed international free agent shortstop Wilson Amador, General Manager Jeff Luhnow announced today.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The 16-year-old, right-handed hitting Amador (6-1, 160 lbs) is a native of Bani in the Dominican Republic.
Amador was scouted and signed by Astros Director of International Oz Ocampo.
“Amador is a premium athlete, and one of the top shortstops in this year’s class,” said Ocampo. “Our scouts have observed Amador in numerous workout and game situations in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Florida since he was 14 years old. Amador projects to have three future plus tools, as he is a 6.4 runner with a strong arm and quick fielding actions. Defensively, he’s nicknamed “El Gato” because of his quick feet, soft hands, and a quick transfer. Offensively, Amador shows the physical tools to hit and has a very aggressive approach. His plus-plus speed and aggressive base running will be offensive weapons in the future.”
Due to a pre-existing injury, Amador recently underwent surgery to repair a growth plate fracture in his right elbow. He is expected to miss approximately six months but should return to full strength in time for the 2014 Dominican Summer League season.