Pair Of Mexican Stars Given MLB Chance With Houston Astros

By Josh Sippie
Mark J. Rebilas – USA TODAY Sports

One thing is certain, and that’s that the Houston Astros are searching every possible avenue for MLB talent. Their recent explorations have landed them a pair of Mexican League Baseball players, Japhet Amador and Leo Haras.

Amador is 26 and has been one of if not the premier hitters in the Mexican League, hitting .368 with 36 home runs and 121 RBI. As a first baseman, he will find that the Astros will give him every opportunity to succeed. He is being sent to Triple-A Oklahoma City RedHawks so either Brett Wallace or Jonathan Singleton is probably going somewhere.

Leo Haras is only 23 and is reportedly one of the best prospects Mexico has to offer. In seven seasons in the league, he’s hit .318 with 109 doubles and 89 stolen bases. As a left-handed outfielder, there will always be room on the roster for him.

Amador could factor into the MLB club sooner than expected, especially since the current situation at first base for the Astros is muddled and the only thing that’s certain is that Singleton is on the rise. A .368 average in any league is hard to ignore, so the Astros may find Amador a very useful resource.

It’s just another move that fills the best system in the league with more prospects. GM Jeff Luhnow is not taking anything for granted, as he has increased scouting in Mexico as well as numerous other locations since taking over. If there is talent to be found, Luhnow will find it and find somewhere to put it.

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