Monday, July 7, 2014

Astros sign Dominican OF Ronny Rafael

In a move that's been expected since last week, the Astros have signed #20/Baseball America #25 international prospect Ronny Rafael to a $1.5 million contract. Rafael, 16, is a righty-hitting OF from the Dominican Republic, and the $1.5 million bonus is, I believe, the second biggest international deal in Astros franchise history (behind only Ariel Ovando's $2.6 million in 2010). You can read Rafael's prospect profile over here.

Evan Drellich reports that Houston has also signed OF Angel DeLeon, OF Hector Martinez, and RHP Cristofer Melendez.