The Astros have signed Dominican shortstop Wander Franco for $575,000.
Franco, a 16-year-old switch-hitter, is a nephew of Angels shortstop Erick Aybar and former major leaguer Willy Aybar. His older brother, who is also named Wander Franco, is an infielder with the Royals on their Rookie-level Arizona League team. The younger Aybar isn’t a toolsy player but he’s impressed some teams with his performances against live pitching with a line-drive approach to all fields. He’s 6 feet, 180 pounds, trains with Victor Baez and was represented by Jim Sanson and Luis Scheker.