Astros Sign Two Top-25 International Prospects

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Houston Astros signed top top-25 international prospects on signing day.
The Houston Astros signed top top-25 international prospects on signing day. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Houston Astros are current kings of the MLB after winning the 2022 World Series in a dominant postseason run. And, as tends to happen in the sports world, the rich get richer.

Sunday marked an important date on the MLB offseason calendar, the official opening of the international signing period. Houston kicked off this interval with a pair of top-50 signings.

The Astros inked No. 17 Camilo Diaz and No. 21 Emil Valencia to deals early on Sunday morning. The franchise spent just $3.35 million for the highly-rated prospects, both of whom are just 17 years old.

Diaz is a shortstop that hails from Dominican Republic and Valencia is a talented outfielder, also from Dominican Republic.

While signing young players for such hefty prospects can be a gamble, it's one that consistently pays off for MLB clubs. These players may not even see an MLB field for nearly a decade, but the league has seen a number of success stories since the practice began.

Jose Altuve tops the list of the best internal prospect signing in franchise history. He was inked in 2007 at the age of 16.

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