According to the Farmstros' Database, there are currently 90 players in the Astros' organization who joined the system as an international signing. Three of these players are on the big league roster at this time: Wandy Rodriugez(signed in 1999, DR), Fernando Abad(2002, DR), Jose Altuve(2006, Venezuela).
Since this year's period for signing international players begins on Monday, July 2, this week's Farmstros Five is focused on those 87 minor leaguers who joined the Astros' system in this manner. Following is the Farmstros Five for the week of June 21-27, 2012(The international signing edition).
Jean Batista, 20, SS, Greeneville(signed in 2010 out of the Dominican Republic). Batista was 14 for 33 on the week. He had five doubles, one triple and six RBI.
Samil De Los Santos, 18, RHP, DSL Astros(2011, Dominican Republic). De Los Santos pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out five.
David Martinez, 24, RHP, Lancaster(2005, Venezuela). Martinez allowed just five hits and one run, striking out seven in seven innings. Of players currently in the organization, only Wandy Rodriguez and Abad have a longer tenure with the Astros than Martinez. He was signed in March of 2005, a few months before Brian Bogusevic and Brandon Barnes were drafted.
Ariel Ovando, 18, OF, Greeneville(2010, Dominican Republic). Ovando was 9 for 23 on the week, with four doubles, one triple and six RBI.
Juri Perez, 21, RHP, Tri-City(2007, Venezuela). Perez allowed no earned runs and two hits, striking out three in six innings. Baseball America ranked Perez as the 31st best prospect in Houston's system after he posted a 2.79 ERA for Greeneville in 2009. However, Perez's progress has been slowed by Tommy John surgery.