Amador was 6 for 28 with eight RBI with Triple-A Oklahoma City this season. He has extensive history with the Mexican League team, most recently hitting .368/.419/.693 with 36 home runs and 121 RBI last season.
The club was thinking of asking Amador's Mexican League team, the Mexico City Red Devils, for more time with the first baseman. Amador was held up in camp due to a family issue, and got a late start on his season. Amador was expected to compete for the first base job, but the family issue may prevent him from making the club.
Amador stayed in Mexico to deal with a family emergency, which led to him reporting to camp late. Amador was expected to compete for a starting spot with the club, but his absence early in camp may have hurt his chances.
Amador, 27, hit .368 with 36 home runs over 400 Mexican League at-bats last season. He is listed at 6'4" and 315 pounds.
Amador is likely headed to the minors to start the season, but the Astros have some pieces that can be moved to accomodate him at first base or designated hitter, if he forces his way onto the roster. Despite his size, Amador has drawn some praize for his first base defense, and even drew early comparisons to Andres Galarraga.
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