Pablo Salazar and Evian Benjamin, both currently seniors in high school, are two members of the Houston Astros Urban Youth Academy to be offered college baseball scholarships.
Salazar, a shortstop and right-handed pitcher, has been offered a scholarship by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and Benjamin, a centerfielder, received his offer from Sam Houston State.
Salazar, who has been a member of the UYA since it opened in 2010, currently attends Lutheran South Academy, while Benjamin attends Episcopal High School.
Salazar and Benjamin took part in a special signing event on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Academy, which is located in Sylvester Turner Park on 2801 S Victory Dr., Houston, TX 77088 in Acres Homes. The event also included a workout of several young ballplayers from the Academy.
“We are extremely proud of Pablo and Evian,” said Daryl Wade, who serves as the Director of the Astros Urban Youth Academy. “Both players are very deserving and will serve as good examples for the younger members of our Academy. We’re hopeful that this will encourage more kids to participate.”