Monday, July 7, 2014

Astros sign Dominican OF Ronny Rafael

In a move that's been expected since last week, the Astros have signed MLB.com #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 MLB.com prospect profile over here.

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

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Anymore big names that the Astros might sign?

Anonymous said...

Ariel Ovando, currently continuing to flounder in A- NYPL is the product of the man Evan Drellich appears so anxious to save from the trash pile of failed GM's, Ed Wade. Apparently he was more successful trading with the idiots in Philly than signing international free agents.

Reuben said...

While it certainly doesn't look great for Ovando's chances of ever panning out, he still doesn't turn 21 until September. He's still younger than the average age for NYPL hitters. Let's wait and see how his season goes this year

Cockroach said...

Anonymous, no other top 30 names I've seen linked to Houston, and most of the top 30 guys have signed now anyway. The Astros have now spent $3.5 million of their $5 million-ish international pool on three top 30 guys, but I'd still expect to hear about a few other lesser signings.

Anonymous said...

Thank you brother