The Astros have completed one of the biggest deals yet since the international signing period opened on July 2, signing 16-year-old Dominican outfielder Ariel Ovando.
International sources outside of the organization said the bonus is around $2.6-$2.8 million, which is a franchise record for an amateur player. Astros assistant general manager Bobby Heck said that Ovando has cleared his background checks with Major League Baseball and that the deal is now complete.
"This is a high-caliber talent who we think has a chance to be an impact bat and would be a definite first-rounder in any draft," Heck said.
Ovando will begin his career in right field, but the biggest draw for most scouts is his outstanding physical frame at 6-foot-4, 180 pounds, and lefthanded power.
"It's a body with physical upside to it," Heck said. "We think there's hit skill here more than just raw bat speed and a high ceiling for power, too. We think he has damage to do both as a hitter and with power."
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