Cristian Javier in the center picks up the ball from the last out. At his side are the members of the other protagonists of the feat achieved with the no-hitter game.
In March 2015, the Houston Astros had exhaustedits budget availability to sign Cristian Javier,this Wednesday, the native of La Victoria signed up together with the franchise in a club so exclusive that it barely has two members. n Ocumárez, then supervisor of the Astros' Scout for Latin Americacould turn the already young adult (18 years old) into a member of the team.
The reward that MLB grants to teamsIt is a sum as pyrrhic as 10 thousand dollars per player, Ocumárez made the proposal and at first it was not entirely pleasant, but a series of parameters led to accepting it.
What? what were they?
He had made attempts to sign like a gardener, he was already 18 years old, the other organizations already had their wallets empty and the most important thing was a widespread hunger to sign and not leave. He escaped this opportunity that for the young man could well have been the last proposal.
when the yes comes It was definitive after a common agreement with his coach, because he needed the money, as a matter of fact, his origin is very poor, a boy from the town of La Victoria, one of those who cling to baseball as the main north for get out of poverty.
An 18-year-old former outfielder with a fastball that ran 84-86 miles, he did not attract the attention of franchise executives, although Ocumárez loved it. that coming from another position and experimenting as a pitcher he probably had a healthy arm.
“A fact that I liked. The thing about him is that every time I watched him he was more impressive in each of the four times I watched him. his progress was on the rise and I could see on his face the interest in doing better and better every time & rdquo ; Ocumárez, the main architect so that today Javier, Framber Valdez and Bryan Abreu make the Astros a more resplendent team.
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Leocadio Guevara, area scout for the Astros, was the first to have Javier in his hands and who gave him a toast. his first his “His track record was only two months pitching and I immediately thought He thought that with more exercises and improving his preparation, that his body assimilates him as a pitcher, they would increase the number of miles, but he already had the issue of age against him, but we decided to continue observing him for the next few weeks to see their progress”, says Ocumárez.
He remembers that when he sees his progress, he immediately communicates with his superior, Oz Ocampo, and informs him about the powers possessed by today's Astros record man, who today and along with three other relievers converted 66 years later. ;s in just the second with a no-hitter in the World Series, a feat only achieved by Don Larsen.
He notes that his progress was dizzying by the fourth time I watched him. He was much looser, and his fastball was around 89-90 miles, in addition to higher quality of secondary pitches and here he was. he followed us becoming more and more interesting.
He was never a great prospect
“ right now, but it was raining and he launched I was in the batter's box, but since I had already observed it against hitters, I contacted him. I talked to Ocampo and told him we should sign him, I told him he wouldn't necessarily be a power pitcher, but he could help”, he maintains.
Javier was never in the top 30 prospects of the organization, at least not until in 2020 it won. the distinction as Pitcher of the Year and it is at that moment when he is promoted to the Astros, the club from which he came. to stay.
What happened this Wednesday was something impressive for the Dominican, whose six innings without a hitter opened the doors for the great achievement he achieved. that he has just materialized.