Amador hit .346/.436/.742 with 41 home runs and 117 RBI over 103 games with Diablos Rojos del Mexico of the Mexican League last season. Amador, who was a dark-horse for the Astros' Opening Day first base job in 2014, posted a ridiculous 1.177 OPS against Mexican League pitching last year, but there haven't been any reports that he'll return to the states in 2016.
The Astros have loaned infielder Japhet Amador to Los Diablos Rojos del Mexico for the remainder of the Mexican League season, MLB.com reports. 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 Astros have reassigned first baseman Japhet Amador to minor league camp and sent left-hander Darin Downs to Triple-A. Neither move is considered a surprise.
The Astros want more time to evaluate first baseman Japhet Amador , according to the Houston Chronicle. 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.
Astros first baseman Japhet Amador will make his spring debut Saturday, according to MLB.com. 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.