Jose Altuve went 4-for-5 and smashed his sixth home run of the season against the Boston Red Sox today. Altuve is listed at only 5-foot-5, but has carried the Houston Astros all season. So far this season, Altuve has 173 hits and 46 steals, first and second in MLB respectively. Currently, the Astros hold the third worst record in MLB. The Astros aren’t concerned about their record today, since their future lies in their heavily admired minor leagues.
Altuve seems to amaze teams with his small, physical structure and his contact friendly swing. Fans love his energy and effort he gives everyday despite having a horrific team. He almost always puts the ball in play and his hitting has been consistent all season long. It would be hard to pick him over Robinson Cano as the top second baseman in MLB, however, being only 24 years old, his ceiling is higher than any other player at that position.
The Astros have struck gold with Altuve. Although they will not be winning the World Series within the next few years, Altuve will provide the Astros with some veteran leadership, provided he stays in Houston.
Mark Appel and Carlos Correa are two highly regarded prospects the Astros have in their minor leagues. Only a few years remain until they will see major league competition. When this happens, the Astros will be a team to be competitive for many years, with Altuve and company carrying their team to victory.