The Houston Astros have agreed to terms with the Diablos Rojos (Mexico City Red Devils) of the Mexican League to acquire first baseman Japhet Amador and outfielder Leo Heras. Amador will be assigned to Triple A Oklahoma City, while Heras will report to Double A Corpus Christi. The announcement was made by Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow.
"Finding and acquiring the best Mexican talent is a priority for us," said Luhnow. "We have increased our scouting of the Mexican baseball leagues and believe there are many players that can help the Houston Astros in the future."
Amador, 26, hit .368 (147x400) with 22 doubles, 36 home runs, 121 RBI and a .419 OBP in 104 games for the Diablos Rojos this season. The 6'4" first baseman led the Mexican League in RBI, while ranking second in homers and third in total bases (277). Amador has played in the Mexican League for seven seasons (2007-13) and owns a career .330 (590x1788) average with 112 home runs and 400 RBI in 503 career games.
"Japhet's numbers speak for themselves," said Luhnow. "Power like his is not easy to find, and we are excited about seeing how his power numbers translate to Triple A and how he fares against top notch pitching."
Heras, 23, hit .310 (104x335) with 19 doubles, nine triples, 11 homers, 42 RBI, 14 stolen bases and a .398 OBP in 91 games for the Diablos Rojos in 2013. The left-handed hitting Heras, who batted primarily leadoff this season, ranked tied for second in the Mexican League in triples. Heras made his debut in the Mexican League in 2007 and has compiled a .318 (755x2376) career average with 109 doubles and 89 stolen bases in his seven professional seasons.
"Leo is one of the bright young Mexican stars," said Luhnow. "He has already put together several outstanding seasons at a young age and is ready for the challenge of higher level pro ball in the United States."
Both players are expected to report to their affiliates within the next week.