The best player for the last couple of years for the Houston Astros has been easy enough to pick out. You simply close your eyes and point in the general direction of second base because that is where their best player stands. Jose Altuve was the first new Astros player to get a long term deal for a reason but even with what he has done; Altuve needs to do more offensively as the Astros move forward.
Altuve’s five home runs and 52 RBI rank lower than every other American League second baseman that has at least 140 games played. Literally every single everyday second baseman has provided more of a run scoring punch than he has. His defense is great and his batting average is just fine but he needs to get into a few more and risk average points to drive more runs in for this team.
He isn’t necessarily supposed to be the offensive powerhouse of this squad but if we are honestly looking at this team going forward, who else can be as consistent as Altuve could with the bat? The main reason he needs to step up offensively is simply because he can. He is capable of more than five jacks in a season and he is certainly capable of driving in more than 52 runs.
It is difficult to drive in runs with no one on base of course but a lot of this can be improved by Altuve. He is that talented and he should come to spring training ready for an offensive breakout season in 2014. The Astros need him to be that kind of second baseman.