Venezuelan righthander Franklin Perez, the No. 15 international prospect for July 2, has signed with the Astros.
Perez, 16, is a former third baseman who has shown good velocity already with a fastball touching the low-90s. With his 6-foot-4, 200-pound frame, he should be throwing in the mid-90s or higher eventually. Perez trained at Carlos Guillen’s academy.