HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Astros acquired Cuban minor league infielder/outfielder Yordan Alvarez from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for right-handed pitcher Josh Fields General Manager Jeff Luhnow announced Monday.
Alvarez, 19, was signed earlier this year by the Dodgers as an international free agent. The 6-foot-4, left-handed hitting first baseman/outfielder last played for Las Tunas in Cuba’s Serie Nacional in 2014. He hit .351 (39×111) with 17 RBI in 40 games as a 17-year-old.
“Alvarez is a player with exciting offensive upside,” said Astros Director of Pro Scouting Kevin Goldstein. “He has excellent power for a teenager, as well as a feel to hit. He has also demonstrated great athleticism for a player of his size.”
Fields, 30, spent most of this season at Triple A Fresno, where he’s posted a 1-0 record with one save and a 1.65 ERA (5ER/27.1IP) in 23 games. He made 15 appearances for the Astros this season before being optioned to Triple A on May 12.
With the removal of Fields, the Astros now have 38 players on their 40-man roster.