The Houston Astros have constantly done their homework in Mexican League Baseball under general manager Jeff Luhnow, who was born in Mexico City. That continued this week with the team signing catcher Luis Mario Romero Barajas out of the Northern League of Mexico.
El joven receptor, Mario Barajas, quien en 2016 formó parte de Marineros, firmó con el equipo de GL Astros de Houston ¡Felicidades! ⚾️ pic.twitter.com/KQNk7801EI— MarinerosdeEnsenada (@MarinerosEns) January 10, 2017
Barajas, 18, last played with the Marineros De Ensenada last season in the Northern League of Mexico. The Northern League is a minor league of the Mexican Baseball League. He was 0-for-6 with three strikeouts in eight games with the Marineros.
He signed with Diablos Rojos del México as a 14-year-old.
Barajas talked with Debate about signing with Houston:
Is it true that the catcher was not the position with which he started his career?
That's right, because when I was signed in 2013 by Diablos Rojos of Mexico they recruited me as an outfielder, but when I was in the academy they told me that they saw me more likely to transcend as a receiver, so I made the change and see that they were not wrong, As Astros became interested in me as a catcher.