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Japhet Amador expected to report to Astros camp on Friday

Feb 27, 2014, 7:44 PM EDT

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The Astros signed slugger Japhet Amador out of the Mexican League over the winter with the idea of giving him a chance to compete for the first base job during spring training, but he was unable to report to camp last week because his pregnant wife was ill. However, her condition has apparently improved to the point where he’ll be able to join the Astros.

Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that Amador is expected to arrive in Orlando, Florida later this evening and should report to Astros camp tomorrow. It’s not clear when he’ll be ready for game action.

Listed at 6-foot-4, and 305 pounds on the Astros website, Amador is a very big man and he should be an interesting story to follow. The 27-year-old posted massive power numbers in the Mexican League, including 36 home runs last season. Whether that success will translate against advanced competition is the big question, but the rebuilding Astros are willing to take the gamble.

  1. nymets4ever - Feb 27, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    All the best to him & his family

  2. mikhelb - Feb 27, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    One of the best mexican baseball players. A man with a BIG body with huge power and numbers similar to the power numbers Jorge ‘el chato’ Vázquez used to put before his injuries in recent years (never got called up by the Yanks 4-5 years ago even when he posted impressive power stats and they were missing ARod and Teixeira due to injuries and needed a 1B, a 3B and a DH).

    If Japhet gets a chance he can post good numbers, he’s been good in the pro leagues he has played in México and Luhnow has watched him play (Jeff was born in Mexico’s capital and i’ve heard he closely follows the leagues).

  3. musketmaniac - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    good fit, plenty of opportunities close to the border. if he hits 30 home runs this year that translates big with attendance.

  4. jeffa43 - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Hope he tears it up, and become a great DH for us… Singleton will be up very soon, if not at the start of the season.

    Baseball has no clue what the Astros are building… Tampa and San Fran understand the system.
    Things are going to start getting real fun, real soon.

    • Bob - Feb 28, 2014 at 10:09 AM

      Hope you’re right, but my fear is the TV network debacle is going to leave the Astros as a middling revenue franchise that forces them to trade their best players as soon as they get eligible for arbitration or not too long after that.

      • stex52 - Feb 28, 2014 at 11:27 AM

        The cable fiasco is a big problem. But it will be solved at some point. Houston is in the top ten broadcast regions of the country. At some point soon they will be competitive on revenue packages.

        And it may well be in part because the bubbles will pop in other broadcast areas. But Houston will compete.

  5. Tim's Neighbor - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    Now that Vogelbach has lost weight, Japhet is my new favorite player. Fat guy home runs>>>>>>>>>>> fat guys touch downs

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