Dominican shortstop Wilson Amador, the No. 24 international prospect for July 2, has signed for $400,000. Amador had originally agreed to an $875,000 deal with the Astros, but his bonus ended up being reduced after a physical revealed an elbow injury.
The Astros expect Amador to miss approximately six months after recently having surgery on his right elbow to repair a growth plate fracture. He should be ready to play once the 2014 Dominican Summer League season begins.
Amador, 16, is 6-foot-1, 160 pounds and had shown inconsistent tools prior to July 2 after recovering from a couple of injuries to his throwing arm and hamstring, but at his best he’s shown above-average speed and arm strength while still learning to play a more controlled game. A righthanded hitter, Amador played in the International Prospect League and trains with Juan Herrera, who is known as “Mon.”
The Astros have signed a handful of IPL players since the signing period opened, including Dominican shortstops Wander Franco and Frankeny Fernandez (both from Victor Baez), Dominican shortstop Joan Mauricio from Nelson Montes de Oca and Dominican outfielder Felix Lucas from Jose Valdez (“Peluza”). They also signed Venezuelan outfielder Nestor Tejada, Venezuelan shortstop/catcher Jonathan Matute and Dominican shortstop/center fielder Osvaldo Duarte.