HOUSTON, TX — The Houston Astros have agreed to terms on contracts with outfielder Luis Payano, shortstop Kristian Trompiz and catcher Victor Tavarez, General Manager Jeff Luhnow announced today. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Major League Baseball’s international signing period began on Monday. Payano and Trompiz, both 16 years old, are the first two international players signed by Houston during the current signing period.
“The Astros have actively scouted this year’s international prospect class.” said Luhnow, “These players are a good start and a continuation of our attempts to aggregate the best young talent in baseball.”
Payano (6-1, 175), who is from the Dominican Republic, was signed by Astros Dominican Scouting Supervisor Rafael Belen and Felix Francisco, who is Houston’s Special Assistant to the General Manager/Latin American Operations. “Payano is a high-energy player and can be a five-tool player in center field,” Francisco said. “He has the ingredients to become a complete player.”
Tavarez (6-1, 193), who is 17 years old and also from the Dominican Republic, was signed by Francisco, Belen and Dominican scout Jose Ortiz. “We have scouted Tavarez for some time and feel he has developed quickly in recent months,” Francisco said. “He’s a good receiver who can throw well and his bat continues to impress our scouts.”
Trompiz (6-1, 170), who is from Venezuela, was signed by Francisco along with Venezuelan Scouting Supervisor Oscar Alvarado and Venezuelan Scout Daniel Acuna. “Trompiz is a plus defender who can play shortstop,” Francisco said. “He has good instincts to play the game and is advanced for his age. He also has the ability to make consistent contact and will improve as he gets stronger.”
All three players will report to the Astros Academy in the Dominican Republic.