Astros Sign Dominican Outfielder Hector Martinez

The Astros announced they have Dominican outfielder Hector Martinez, who turned 16 yesterday. Martinez is a 6-foot-1, 185-pound righthanded hitter whose trainer is known as “Pucuy.”

"Hector Martinez is a strong, athletic and projectable Dominican outfielder who projects to have average to solid average tools across the board," Astros international Oz Ocampo said in a press release. "Our area scout, Rafael Belen, did a tremendous job in identifying Hector as a prospect when he was just 13 years old. He is a line-drive hitter with bat speed, a clean bat path, and occasional over-the-fence power. Hector will start at center field, but depending on his overall physical development, could move to right field with a solid average arm in the future."

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