The Washington Nationals have agreed to terms with four international free agents: right-handed pitcher Tomas Alastre, right-handed pitcher Pedro Avila, left-handed pitcher Gilberto Chu and right-handed pitcher Christian Flores. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo and Director of International Scouting Johnny DiPuglia made the joint announcement.
Alastre, 16, is a 6-foot-4, 170-pound native of Venezuela. He began his career at shortstop, but recently converted to the mound.
Avila, 17, is a strong, durable and competitive right-handed pitcher. He stands 5-foot-11, 170 pounds and is a native of Venezuela.
The 16-year-old Chu stands 5-foot-11, 160 pounds and boasts a live arm along with an impressive three-pitch mix. He is a native of Panama.
Flores is a projectable right-handed pitcher with an athletic body and good arm action. He is a native of Venezuela and stands 6-foot-2, 180 pounds at the age of 16.