Jun 3, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) gets a single during the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

AL hits leader Jose Altuve reaches 500 for career


The Houston Astros may be in last place in the AL West.  They have a league leader though in second baseman Jose Altuve.  The 24-year-old former All-Star is leading the American League in hits with 96 and boasts a .329 average on the season.

Altuve reached a career milestone yesterday with career hits number 500 and 501 in a loss to the Washington Nationals.  He is having a solid year thus far and overachieving for a team in last place.  Houston may have the top pick in next year’s draft, but they won’t be looking for a second baseman.

The Astros have a solid piece for their future in Altuve.  Despite being only 5’6”, he has established himself as an everyday starter and already has an All-Star appearance under his belt.  Another one could be in the works, although Altuve won’t be voted in as a starter.  He has a lot of votes to make up for the leading second basemen Robinson Cano.  It would be hard to keep Altuve off the roster as a reserve with the season he is putting together.

In 2012, Altuve recorded 167 hits.  He had 177 in 2013.   Who knows how many he will end up with this season.  We could be witnessing the start of the best Astros’ second baseman since Craig Biggio.  It wouldn’t be hard to accomplish that feat, but Altuve could be on his way to drawing similar comparisons to the should-be Hall of Famer.

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  • Aaron Somers

    Houston may be at the bottom of their division right now, but there are four teams in the Majors who have worse records overall. I don’t know that I’d assume they will end up with the top pick in next year’s draft once again. Seems a little short sighted given the circumstances.

  • Travis Coverston

    I probably meant to put “a” top pick, not “the” top pick. Three years of muscle memory referring to their first overall pick took over. The point is they don’t need to spend a first rounder on a middle infielder next season.