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José Carlos Altuve

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 5", Weight 170 lb.

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[edit] Biographical Information

Second baseman José Altuve was signed by scout Wolfgang Ramos for the Houston Astros in 2006 and began his pro career with the VSL Astros the next summer.

He played in the Futures Game then reached the majors with Houston in 2011. He was called up by the Astros on July 20, replacing Jeff Keppinger, who had been traded to the San Francisco Giants the previous day. In his first game that same day, he was Houston's starting second baseman against the Washington Nationals and went 1 for 5. On August 20th, he hit the first inside-the-park home run for the Astros since Adam Everett in 2003 when he led off the 1st inning against the Giants with a drive to deep left-center that allowed him to round the bases without even having to slide. It was his first major league homer, coming off Madison Bumgarner, and set his team off to a 7-5 win over the defending World Champions.

Just before the All-Star break in 2013, he was signed to a four-year contract with club options for two more years, confirming that he was one of the cornerstones on which the Astros intended to rebuild.

In June of 2014, he stole multiple bases in four straight games, something no one had accomplished since Ray Chapman in 1917. On July 7th, he collected his 124th hit of the year to break the franchise mark for most hits before the All-Star break, breaking a mark set by Bob Watson with 5 games still to play before the midsummer classic. His excellent performance also meant that he was chosen as the Astros' representative at the 2014 All-Star Game, earning the honor for the second time in three years. He also had 39 stolen bases at that point, although that was still 9 behind Gerald Young's club mark for most before the break.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 2-time All-Star (2012 & 2014)

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