Jose Altuve

Jose Altuve

32-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Houston Astros
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Altuve showed 2020 was just a short season anomaly by tying his career high with 31 homers, though he needed 130 more plate appearance than 2019. Altuve's reliance on the Crawford Boxes to maintain power grew as he posted one of the shortest average fly ball distances of anyone with at least 30 long balls with all but one of his home runs to the pull side. A career high FB% helped drive power, but dropped his BABIP to .280, second lowest to the prior year's .250 mark. Altuve's 13.4 K% was ninth best among qualified hitters, yet his .278 average was only higher than 2020's .219. At some point, Altuve's dependence on Minute Maid Park with be a bug, it's still a feature, hitting atop a potent lineup in a park built for his approach and swing. Be wary of losing more batting average points as his foot speed further declines (down to 72nd percentile spring speed), and of course the steals aren't coming back. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#73
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$Signed a five-year, $151 million contract extension with the Astros in March of 2018.
Cranks long ball
2BHouston Astros
May 22, 2022
Altuve went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a double and an additional run in a 5-2 win against Texas on Sunday.
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Altuve led off the bottom of the first with his ninth home run and tacked on a double and run in the third inning. Following a sluggish April, the 32-year-old has been hot throughout May with a .343/.403/.757 slash line, eight home runs, 18 runs and 11 RBI.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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vs RHP
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#4
#5
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#9
18
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vs LHP
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#3
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#6
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9
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+6%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+8%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+9%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+12%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .776 287 49 12 28 3 .262 .322 .454
Since 2020vs Right .822 692 113 31 83 6 .270 .347 .476
2022vs Left .990 31 5 4 4 0 .267 .290 .700
2022vs Right .919 87 15 5 10 2 .289 .379 .539
2021vs Left .789 207 38 7 21 3 .278 .335 .455
2021vs Right .862 471 79 24 62 2 .278 .357 .505
2020vs Left .565 49 6 1 3 0 .186 .286 .279
2020vs Right .630 134 19 2 11 2 .234 .291 .339
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+17%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+74%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+24%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+38%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .868 494 86 24 61 3 .280 .361 .507
Since 2020Away .740 509 80 20 53 6 .252 .312 .428
2022Home 1.284 45 10 4 4 0 .410 .489 .795
2022Away .737 73 10 5 10 2 .209 .274 .463
2021Home .932 338 59 19 49 2 .296 .374 .558
2021Away .750 340 58 12 34 3 .261 .326 .423
2020Home .513 111 17 1 8 1 .182 .270 .242
2020Away .709 96 12 3 9 1 .253 .292 .418
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Stat Review
How does Jose Altuve compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.52
 
BB Rate
9.3%
 
K Rate
17.8%
 
BABIP
.276
 
ISO
.302
 
AVG
.283
 
OBP
.356
 
SLG
.585
 
OPS
.941
 
wOBA
.405
 
Exit Velocity
77.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
25.9%
 
Barrels/PA
6.1%
 
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After never hitting below .283 in any of his first eight full seasons, Altuve saw his average plummet to .219 in 2020. He was also caught stealing on the basepaths more times than he was successful, a first in his big-league career. Altuve flipped the switch in October, slashing .350/.500/.729 in the playoffs with five homers, matching his HR total from the regular season. It's fair to wonder if the right knee issue that forced Altuve to the IL in September was hindering his play in the weeks leading up to his placement on the injured list. Explaining his poor performance and dismal batted-ball numbers any other way is difficult, unless you want to pretend he was one of the best hitters in the game for a decade simply because he was stealing signs. That scandal will forever be a black eye on his career, but Altuve has been too good for too long to think he can't still perform at a high level at age 30/31.
Altuve failed to hit .300 for the first time since 2013, albeit falling just two points -- or one hit -- short. He shattered his career high in homers with 31, doing it in just 124 games, his fewest played since his 2011 rookie campaign. Altuve missed just over five weeks with a strained hamstring. He was put on the IL on May 11, slashing just .243/.329/.472 at the time. After returning June 12, Altuve posted a .320/.363/.581 line, more reminiscent of his usual production. Altuve's power spike came despite a decrease in both exit velocity and launch angle. He was graced by good fortune with some help from the ball. Altuve remains one of the best at his position; he's just no longer one of the best overall, primarily due to waning steals. That said, there's a question how long he can remain elite with his skill set as his Statcast numbers (average exit velocity, barrels, xBA and xSLG) are middle of the pack.
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.
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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Not starting Saturday
2BHouston Astros
May 21, 2022
Altuve isn't starting Saturday's game against the Rangers.
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Racks up four more hits
2BHouston Astros
May 20, 2022
Altuve went 4-for-5 with two doubles and a run scored Thursday against the Rangers.
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Tallies eighth homer
2BHouston Astros
May 19, 2022
Altuve went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Wednesday against Boston.
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Homers in return
2BHouston Astros
May 15, 2022
Altuve went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and two runs scored Sunday against the Nationals.
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Back in action Sunday
2BHouston Astros
May 15, 2022
Altuve (undisclosed) is leading off and starting at second base Sunday against the Nationals, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
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