Astros Sign Venezuelan Catcher Brandon Benavente

Venezuelan catcher Brandon Benavente has signed with the Astros. Benavente is a 16-year-old who projects to stick behind the plate because of his solid catch-and-throw skills. He’s a heavy-framed 6 feet, 200 pounds with several teams believing his defense is ahead of his bat, but he’s shown a workable swing from the right side and solid pop for a catcher. Benavente also spent time in the Dominican Republic showcasing in the International Prospect League and trained with Andres Mujica.

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