6-foot-7 teen leads Astros international signees

July 3rd, 2017
Oz Ocampo, right, the Astros' director of international scouting, loves the club's international signings, especially 6-foot-7 right-hander Heitor Tokar, a 16-year-old. (Getty)

HOUSTON -- The Astros on Monday agreed to terms on contracts with 26 international free agents, including 12 players from Venezuela, 10 from the Dominican Republic, two from Brazil, one from Mexico and one from the Netherlands.

Among signees is the Astros' first class of players from Brazil, including right-handed pitcher Heitor Tokar and Brazil's top hitter, third baseman/outfielder Victor Coutinho. Tokar, who stands 6-foot-7, has a fastball at 88-92 mph with a changeup, curveball and slider.

"Heitor stands out for his physicality, power stuff and pitchability for a 16-year-old, and we project him as a power starter," said Astros director of international scouting Oz Ocampo.

Leading the 10 players the Astros signed out of the Dominican Republic is right-handed pitcher Jose Betances, who is a 6-foot-2, 185-pounder with a 91- to 95-mph fastball that generates swings and misses, and a hard "downer" slider at 81-84 mph.

"Both of those pitches project as plus, and with our development program, Betances should be a fast mover through our Minor League system," Ocampo said.

The Astros signed a strong group of young power/speed outfielders out of Venezuela, led by center fielders Yefri Carrillo and Wilyer Abreu, who's a left-handed hitter. Two standout pitchers signed out of Venezuela include right-handed pitcher Jairo Lopez and left-hander Ricardo Leon.

All 26 players will report to the Astros' complex in the Dominican Republic but will not appear in games until the 2018 calendar year.

Here's a list of all the signings and their bonuses:

Wilyer Abreu, OF, Venezuela, $300,000

Ricardo Leon, LHP, Venezuela, $300,000

Yefri Carrillo, OF, Venezuela, $300,000

Yimmi Cortabarria, OF, Venezuela, $300,000

Franklin Pinto, OF, Venezuela, $300,000

Heitor Tokar, RHP, Brazil, $300,000

Jose Betances, RHP, Dominican Republic, $285,000

Abraham Castillo, OF, Venezuela, $150,000

Victor Mascai, OF, Brazil, $100,000

Ernesto Jaquez, RHP, Dominican Republic, $95,000

Ricardo Toro, C, Venezuela, $95,000

Enmanuel Morillo, SS, Dominican Republic, $90,000

Carlos Hurtado, C, Venezuela, $80,000

Junior Marte, SS, Dominican Republic, $70,000

Alfredi Jimenez, RHP, Dominican Republic, $50,000

Manny Ramirez, RHP, Dominican Republic, $50,000

Cristofer Mezquita, LHP, Dominican Republic, $30,000

Luis Garcia, RHP, Venezuela, $20,000

Flaer Gonzalez, RHP, Dominican Republic, $20,000

Valente Bellozo, RHP, Mexico, $20,000

Oliver Van Der Wisjt, 3B, The Netherlands, $17,500

Alex Blanco, RHP, Dominican Republic, $10,000

Javier Bermudez, SS, Venezuela, $10,000

Hecduar Barcenas, RHP, Venezuela, $10,000

Victor Coutinho, INF/OF, Brazil

Diosmerky Taveras, RHP, Dominican Republic, $55,000