Framber Valdez is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros in Major League Baseball. Framber Valdez was born on November 19, 1993, and is currently 28 years old. He comes from Palenque, in the San Cristóbal Province of the Dominican Republic.
He started throwing at the age of 16. Valdez became a free-agent international signee for the Astros in 2015. 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 group of amateur free agents from his country.
Two Astros scouts noticed his pitching prowess 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.
On August 21, 2018, the Astros successfully promoted Valdez to the major leagues. On that day, he made his debut and won after pitching for 4 + 1 + 3 innings. In 37 innings with Houston in 2018, he had a 4–1 record and a 2.19 ERA.
Valdez made his debut as an Opening Day starter on April 7, 2022, replacing Los Angeles Angels’ dual-purpose player Shohei Ohtan.