Astros sign teenage shortstop prospect Amador

Astros sign teenage shortstop prospect Amador

TORONTO -- The Astros signed international free-agent shortstop Wilson Amador, a 16-year-old from the same hometown in the Dominican Republic as former Most Valuable Player Miguel Tejada.

Amador, who hits right-handed, 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," Ocampo said. "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 [second home-to-first] runner with a strong arm and quick fielding actions.

"Defensively, he's nicknamed 'El Gato' [the cat] 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.

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