Framber Valdez is a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros from the Dominican Republic (MLB). Valdez joined the Astros in 2015 as an international free agent. In 2018, he made his MLB debut and constantly improves his games by every passing year.
Framber Valdez was born in the Dominican Republic’s province of San Cristóbal, in Palenque. He began pitching at the age of sixteen. Framber attended a private school in Sabana Grande de Palenque, Dominican Republic, where he completed his primary education. Following that, he completed his high school education at the same institution.
Framber Valdez Career
Valdez signed as an international free agent with the Houston Astros on March 19, 2015, for a $10,000 signing bonus. He was five years older than the majority of amateur free agency signings from his country at the age of 21. After a long day of watching programs run by independent trainers, two Astros scouts recognized him. They offered him a tryout at their Dominican facility near Guayacanes after only watching him throw six pitches.
Valdez debuted professionally with the DSL Astros in 2015. He played for the Greeneville Astros, Tri-City ValleyCats, Quad Cities River Bandits, and Lancaster Jet Hawks during the 2016 season. The Buies Creek Astros and the Corpus Christi Hooks were his teams in 2017. He participated in the Arizona Fall League for the Mesa Solar Sox after the 2017 season. The 2018 minor league season saw him spend his time between Corpus Christi and the Fresno Grizzlies.
Rookie season (2018)
On August 21, 2018, the Astros promoted Valdez to the major leagues for the first time. That day, he made his debut, pitching 4+1/3 innings and winning the game. In 37 innings with Houston in 2018, he was 4–1 with a 2.19 ERA. In 2019, he split his season with the Round Rock Express and the Houston Texans. Over 44+13 innings with Round Rock, he was 5–2 with a 3.25 ERA. In 70+23 innings with Houston, he went 4–7 with a 5.86 ERA. In 11 games (10 starts) in 2020, he was 5–3 with a 3.57 ERA, striking out 76 batters (8th in the AL) and having the second-best home run/9 IP ratio in the league (0.637).
He was awarded Astros Pitcher of the Year by the Houston chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America after leading the team in innings pitched and games won (BBWAA). Valdez became the first relief pitcher in the playoffs to throw five scoreless innings on September 29, 2020. Valdez shattered his left ring finger on March 3, 2021, after he was hit in the hand by a Francisco Lindor ground ball during a spring training game. He was expected to be out for months, if not the entire season, but he returned on May 28. In 2021, he lead the major leagues in ground ball rate.
Framber Valdez Biography
|Real Name||Framber Valdez|
|Birth Date||19 November 1993|
|Age (as of 2021)||27 Years|
|Birth Place||Palenque, Dominican Republic|
|Height||in feet inches – 5’ 11” – in Centimeters – 180 cm|
|Weight||in Kilograms – 108 kg – in Pounds – 239 lbs|
|Shoe Size||12 (U.S.)|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Framber Valdez Family
|Is he a Gay?||No|
When it comes to private life then he is a very secretive person. As per the reports, he is a married guy and also has two children but he didn’t disclose who their mother is. Also, no information could be retrieved from the internet regarding this same as well.
Framber Valdez Net Worth
Valdez’s net worth is believed to be between $4 million and $6 million dollars. He has a personal luxury automobile, a large bungalow, and a wealthy lifestyle that allows him to travel throughout the world. His playing career is the main source of income and his monthly earnings are expected to be in the range of 80-85 thousand dollars.
- He made his major league debut on August 21, 2018, against the Seattle Mariners.
- He started his professional career as a member of the DSL Astros, the Astros’ rookie affiliate team.