Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Astros sign international LHP

Ben Badler of Baseball America is reporting the Astros have signed 6'1" 170 lb 16-year old LHP Geronimo Franzua for $250,000.

DPL Baseball says of Franzua:
He comes from a 3/4 arm angle, clean arm swing and does it easy. He hides the ball well in his delivery making his 88-90 mph FB jump on hitters. On ocassion he has touched 92 mph as well as showing a feel for CB and CH. Franzua was considered one of the top available LH pitchers in the D.P.L.

Franzua is the 4th Dominican Prospect League player the Astros have signed in the last six months, joining Kelvin Vizcaino, Michael Feliz, and Ariel Ovando.