Astros Sign Dominican Shortstop Joan Mauricio

Dominican shortstop Joan Mauricio has signed with the Astros for $600,000.

Mauricio, 16, has good defensive actions with smooth hands and surprising pop from both sides of the plate for someone who is 6-foot-1, 160 pounds. Once he gets bigger and stronger, he has a chance to take a step forward and see his tools improve. Mauricio trains with Nelson Montes de Oca and plays in the International Prospect League.

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