Framber Valdez is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros in Major League Baseball. Valdez became a free-agent international signee for the Astros in 2015.
Framber Valdez was born to his parents Delfina Pinales and Valdez Pinales on November 19, 1993 in Palenque, in the San Cristóbal Province of the Dominican Republic.Valdez is currently 28 years old and married with three kids.
He started throwing at the age of 16. As an international free agent, Valdez signed a $10,000 signing bonus with the Houston Astros on March 19, 2015. At age 21, he was five years older than the bulk of amateur free agents from his country.
Two Astros scouts identified him after spending a long day assessing programs run by independent trainers. After only six pitches, they gave Valdez the opportunity to try out for their Dominican academy close to Guayacanes.
In his first 36+2/3 innings as a professional, Valdez was 4-1 with a 3.68 ERA with the DSL Astros in 2015. He spent the majority of the 2016 season with the Greeneville Astros, Tri-City ValleyCats, Quad Cities River Bandits, and Lancaster JetHawks.
Valdez made his debut as an Opening Day starter on April 7, 2022, replacing Los Angeles Angels’ dual-purpose player Shohei Ohtan.