Director of Latin American Scouting
Felix Francisco was named to his current position in November of 2009 after spending the previous two seasons as the Astros Director of Latin American Scouting. He will continue to oversee Houston's Latin American scouting efforts, with particular emphasis in the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Panama and Mexico. Felix played a significant role in the Astros new Latin American Home, a state-of-the-art training facility in the DR which officially opened on May 10, 2010.
In July 2010, Felix's efforts were instrumental in the Astros signing of 16-year-old Dominican free agent outfielder Ariel Ovando, one of the top prospects in Latin America.
Felix began his scouting career in 1995 as a part-time scout with the Atlanta Braves. In 1998, he became the Braves' Dominican Republic scouting supervisor and remained in that position until 2001, when he assumed the same position with the San Diego Padres. In 2004, he was named the Padres' Latin American scouting supervisor.
While with the Braves, Francisco, who resides in Santo Domingo, DR, was involved in Atlanta's signings of Rafael Furcal, Wilson Betemit, Jose Capellan, Merkin Valdez, Nelson Payano and Andy Marte. In his time with the Padres, he signed a number of the Padres' top prospects, including Yordany Ramirez (now with the Astros), Oneli Perez (now with the Cardinals) and Jose Ceda (now with the Marlins).
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