Jose Altuve
Jose Altuve
28-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Houston Astros
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Altuve played most of the season with a knee injury that was diagnosed as an avulsion fracture after the Astros were knocked out by Boston. He required surgery in late October. Despite the bum wheel, Altuve remained an above-average offensive player albeit not at the same level of the prior few seasons. The bad wheel goes a long way in explaining where the steals went, though the Astros as a team attempted significantly fewer stolen bases. It is an exercise in futility to pick apart his underlying 2018 numbers because he is still an elite hitter. Altuve's ability to hit 20-plus homers is contingent upon him playing 150-plus games and enjoying the Crawford Boxes, but he should be able to resume his overall run production as he is still in his peak years. You'll just have to forgive him for attempting to play through his knee troubles and go back to the well again as there will not be much of a discount at all. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $151 million contract extension with the Astros in March of 2018. Contract runs through the 2024 season.
Continues to progress well
2BHouston Astros
November 29, 2018
Altuve (knee) feels good and expects to be completely healthy for the start of spring training, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
Altuve underwent surgery on his knee early in the offseason, but he's had no issue with his recovery thus far. "He's doing very well. All reports are that he feels good and our doctors say he's progressing well. No problems at all. He's going to be 100 percent for spring training," stated Houston's general manager Jeff Luhnow. Expect Altuve to be good to go come February.
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Since 2016
Since 2016vs Left .875 503 69 14 56 8 .313 .390 .485
Since 2016vs Right .922 1475 235 47 182 71 .341 .400 .522
2018vs Left .766 162 21 2 18 2 .282 .364 .401
2018vs Right .863 437 63 11 43 15 .329 .394 .469
2017vs Left .977 155 23 7 15 3 .353 .416 .561
2017vs Right .952 507 89 17 66 29 .344 .408 .543
2016vs Left .885 186 25 5 23 3 .306 .391 .494
2016vs Right .942 531 83 19 73 27 .348 .398 .544
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Since 2016Home .827 987 140 31 107 41 .298 .364 .464
Since 2016Away .993 991 164 30 131 38 .370 .432 .561
2018Home .776 303 40 7 25 10 .283 .369 .408
2018Away .898 296 44 6 36 7 .349 .403 .494
2017Home .834 329 47 9 35 19 .311 .371 .463
2017Away 1.081 333 65 15 46 13 .381 .449 .633
2016Home .863 355 53 15 47 12 .299 .352 .511
2016Away .991 362 55 9 49 18 .376 .439 .552
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Altuve proved that his 2016 power surge wasn't a fluke, matching his home-run total (24) from the previous year and setting new career bests with his entire slash line (.346/.410/.547) while improving his success rate on the basepaths (84.2 percent). For the fourth consecutive season, he led the American League in hits, despite his lowest total of plate appearances since 2012. A perennial All-Star and Silver Slugger Award winner, Altuve has played at an elite level annually since 2014, when fantasy owners were enthralled by his ability as a 50-steal contributor. An early-season spike in strikeouts in April was offset by three straight months with a K-rate under 10 percent, and while his season rate was up from 9.8 to 12.7 percent, whiffs are not an issue for him. As part of a Houston core that figures to remain intact for at least another two years, Altuve is positioned to once again make another run at being the best player in the game.
All Altuve did was take his improbable 2015 season to the next level with an amazing 2016 season. In the AL Tout Wars auction last March, he went for a stunning $43, but in the end, he earned every bit of it as a five-category stud. Altuve improved his walk rate to a career-high 8.4 percent (from 4.8 percent in 2015) and, following suit with the rest of the league, hit for more power. A new power baseline for Altuve is tough to figure out, but his ISO and hard-hit rate progression in recent years suggests 15-20 homers annually is reasonable. Still just 26, he has played nearly every game over the past five seasons and rarely gets himself out. Even when he does chase pitches out of the strike zone, he still makes enough contact to put the ball safely into play and uses his speed to turn outs into hits. Altuve has reached 30 steals in five straight seasons and with a powerful lineup around him, he is an easy top-10 pick for 2017.
Altuve reached the 200-hit milestone for the second straight year in 2015, but ended up finishing second in the category overall behind fellow second baseman Dee Gordon (205 hits). The three-time All-Star and 2015 Gold Glove winner still had a phenomenal season, hitting .313/.353/.459 with 15 home runs and 66 RBI — both career highs — over 638 at-bats. The 25-year-old led the AL with 38 stolen bases despite finishing with 18 fewer steals than he had the year before. It seems fair to say his 86 percent success rate on stolen-base attempts in 2014 was an outlier, as that rate fell back to 74.5% last season, which is more in line with his career average. Most will continue to draft Altuve in the first couple rounds as an elite source of steals, batting average and runs, and he could solidify himself as a perennial first-round pick if his power continues to develop.
Altuve turned in a remarkable season for Houston, earning the second All-Star nod of his young career en route to winning the AL batting title with a .341 average. The 24-year-old led the majors with 67 multi-hit games and 225 hits, which far surpassed Craig Biggio's club record of 210 hits in a single season. Altuve's success at the plate can be attributed to an improved approach, which saw his contact rate (92%) rise by six percent and his strikeout rate (7.1%) dip significantly compared to the year prior. Altuve's .414/.566/1.013 slash line against lefties was particularly impressive, and while he only slightly improved his walk rate (5.1%), he terrorized opponents on the basepaths with an AL-leading 56 steals. His 86 percent success rate on stolen base attempts may prove to be an outlier, however, considering his success rate for his career coming into last season was 73.5 percent. While it might be wise for fantasy owners to anticipate regression from Altuve this season, there's no denying his value as an elite source of steals who will score plenty of runs and get on base at a healthy clip.
Altuve logged a career-high 152 games for the Astros last season and delivered statistics that were roughly on par with projections. While his overall line (.283/.316/.363), run total (64) and batting average against lefties (.287) regressed from the previous season, Altuve remained an elite source of stolen bases (35). Still, his poor plate discipline (4.8% walk rate) combined with the lack of talent behind him in the Astros' batting order limits his upside for the 2014 season. It's still very early in Altuve's career, with plenty of room left for improvement as he will only turn 24 in May, but he will need help in certain areas to make a bigger impact on fantasy teams.
Altuve continued his growth in his sophomore campaign, swiping 33 bases and hitting .290 for the last place Astros. His batting average was bolstered by his absolute crushing of left-handed pitching: he hit .359 against lefties and just .264 against righties. He usually pounds the ball into the ground to try to get the most out of his speed. Altuve is a bit of a liability with men on base, but the team has not expected him to be a run producer. At some point, he will need to fend off Delino DeShields Jr., but for the moment, Altuve is the best the Astros have to offer and is the established second baseman for at least the next couple of seasons.
The diminutive Altuve managed 200 hits across three levels last season, fueled largely by an impressive .408/.451/.606 line in the California League. Altuve has great speed and a little bit of pop, and though he can't draw a walk to save his life, he doesn't strike out a ton either. With an Astros squad under new management and in full-on rebuilding mode, he should be one of the team's lone bright spots while serving as the team's primary second baseman.
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Walking under own power
2BHouston Astros
November 11, 2018
Altuve (knee) is walking with a hinged brace on his knee under his own power, without any help from crutches, Brian McTaggart of reports.
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Battled through avulsion fracture
2BHouston Astros
October 20, 2018
Altuve's knee injury which caused him trouble throughout the season was an avulsion fracture, Brian McTaggart of reports.
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Undergoes knee surgery
2BHouston Astros
October 20, 2018
Altuve had surgery on his right knee Friday, Brian McTaggart of reports.
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Starting at DH in Game 3
2BHouston Astros
October 16, 2018
Altuve is starting at DH and hitting second in Game 3 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Tuesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Plays through knee injury
2BHouston Astros
October 6, 2018
Altuve injured his right knee but remained in Saturday's game against the Indians, Matt Young of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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