Jose Altuve
Jose Altuve
29-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Houston Astros
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $151 million contract extension with the Astros in March of 2018. Contract runs through the 2024 season.
Back in lineup
2BHouston Astros
March 6, 2020
Altuve (illness) is back in the lineup as expected Friday against the Mets, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
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Altuve had been out of action since Tuesday, though his illness evidently wasn't too serious. He'll have plenty of chances to make up for lost time with Opening Day still nearly three weeks away.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
9
72
2
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vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
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3
34
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+4%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+24%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+13%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .929 460 71 20 55 7 .321 .386 .543
Since 2017vs Right .892 1349 214 48 161 48 .322 .384 .508
2019vs Left 1.057 143 27 11 22 2 .331 .380 .677
2019vs Right .849 405 62 20 52 4 .286 .343 .505
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
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+10%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+17%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+16%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+30%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .857 894 132 34 97 31 .300 .370 .487
Since 2017Away .944 915 153 34 119 24 .342 .399 .545
2019Home .979 262 45 18 37 2 .306 .372 .608
2019Away .836 286 44 13 37 4 .291 .336 .500
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
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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
0.50
 
BB Rate
7.5%
 
K Rate
15.0%
 
BABIP
.303
 
ISO
.252
 
AVG
.298
 
OBP
.353
 
SLG
.550
 
OPS
.903
 
wOBA
.389
 
Exit Velocity
87.3 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
40.9%
 
Barrels/PA
6.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Returns to camp
2BHouston Astros
Illness
March 5, 2020
Altuve (illness) returned to camp and is expected to play Friday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
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Out with illness
2BHouston Astros
Illness
March 3, 2020
Altuve is away from the team Tuesday due to illness, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Makes spring debut
2BHouston Astros
February 25, 2020
Altuve batted second and went 1-for-2, was hit by a pitch, and knocked in a run during Monday's spring game against the Tigers.
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Three more hits
2BHouston Astros
October 23, 2019
Altuve went 3-for-5 with a double Wednesday in a 12-3 loss to Washington in Game 2 of the World Series.
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Opens scoring with solo blast
2BHouston Astros
October 15, 2019
Altuve went 2-for-5 with a solo home run, a stolen base and two runs scored Tuesday in a 4-1 win over the Yankees in Game 3 of the ALCS.
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