The Astros minor league outfielder who missed spring training because of visa issues in his native Dominican Republic, Ravel Santana, has been cleared to arrive in the U.S., Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Wednesday.

Santana, the Astros’ selection with the top pick in the Class AAA phase of the December Rule 5 draft, is to arrive on Friday. He’s one of 77 players ticketed for extended spring training in Florida.

Luhnow said Wednesday it was not clear what the hold up was, but that his understanding was that new leadership for U.S. Consulate in the Dominican Republic led to a renewed focus on visa checks. James Brewster was confirmed as the U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican in November.

The Astros drafted Santana from the Yankees, the organization that signed him as an international free agent for $149,000 in November 2008. He’s considered to have a high ceiling because of his tools.