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.