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Framber Valdez is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). Valdez signed with the Astros as an international free agent in 2015.

As an international free agent, Valdez was signed by the Houston Astros on March 19, 2015, and received a $10,000 signing bonus. Most amateur free agency signings from his native country were five years older than he was when he signed with the New York Knicks.

Framber Valdez
Framber Valdez

He was discovered by two Astros scouts after a long day of watching various programs put on by independent coaches. With only six pitches thrown, they offered a tryout in their Dominican training facility in Guayancanes, Dominican Republic.

Valdez made his professional debut with the DSL Astros in 2015, finishing 4-1 with a 3.68 ERA in 36+2/3 innings of work.

In 2016, he played for the Greeneville Astros, the Tri-City ValleyCats, the Quad Cities River Bandits, and the Lancaster JetHawks, going 4–5 with a 3.19 ERA in 73+13 innings totaled between them.

During the 2017 season, he pitched for both the Buies Creek Astros and the Corpus Christi Hooks, going 7–8 with a 4.16 ERA in 110+13 innings total. He was a member of the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League following the 2017 season.

In 2018, he played in the minors for both Corpus Christi and Fresno, going 6-5 with a 4.11 ERA in 103 innings.

Is Framber Valdez A Strikeout Pitcher?

Valdez’s accomplishment this season is intriguing because of how he is producing these favorable results.

Even though he is throwing the ball harder than ever before, his strikeout percentage of 19.6 percent, which would be a career-low has declined for the second straight season.