The Astros have signed Jonathan Matute out of Venezuela for $245,000. An Astros press release listed Matute as both a shortstop and a catcher.
Matute, 16, is 5-foot-11, 180 pounds with a quick bat and gap power. With his body type, average speed and solid arm, a move to catcher, as several teams are fond of doing with Venezuelan players, would be intriguing. Matute trains with Hernan Albornoz.