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The Houston Astros Should Not Trade The Popular Jose Altuve…Yet Or Maybe Ever…

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Friday May.03,  2013

Jose Altuve was named an ALL-Star Reserve at 2B in 2012 with his .309 AVG in the 1st half and after appearing in the 2011 Futures Game.  He hit .290 with 33 SB and 80 Runs in his 1st full season.  He is under club control until 2018.  Will he last in an Astros uniform until then?

Jose Altuve was named an ALL-Star Reserve at 2B in 2012 with his .309 AVG in the 1st half and after appearing in the 2011 Futures Game. He hit .290 with 33 SB and 80 Runs in his 1st full season. He is under club control until 2018. Will he last in an Astros uniform until then?

By Lee White (Astros Correspondent)  

Ever since last season, mentions of the Houston Astros trading their All Star Second Baseman have been cropping up, and for good reason. Whether you agree with me or not, Jose Altuve is an All Star, and not just because he is on the Astros.

Last season at the All Star game, Altuve was voted as the best Second Baseman in baseball by his peers (Major League players and Managers). He is a great ball player. He hits for a high Batting Average, Steals Bgs and has a some pop in his bat for his size. He also plays pretty good defense.

Jose Altuve (1 Altuve) faces Jon Rauch (1.29 Altuves):

Jose Altuve is seen giving a high five with Chris Johnson,  He routinely jumps in the air for these.  Altuve is all set to lead off on.  in 2013, Altuve has already collected 39 Hits in his 1st 29 Games Played - while posting a 3 Slash Line of  .322/.368/.790.  Altuve has cracked 9 Extra Base Hits, driven in 14 RBi and scored 12 Runs

Jose Altuve is seen here giving a high five with former teammate Chris Johnson, He routinely jumps in the air for these. Altuve is the teams premiere Leadoff Option again in 2013, Altuve has already collected 39 Hits in his 1st 29 Games Played – while posting a 3 Slash Line of .322/.368/.790. Altuve has also  cracked 9 Extra Base Hits (7 2B, 1 3B and 1 HR), driven in 14 RBI and scored 12 Runs.

So far this season, we have seen him make some awesome plays at second. But, with ever decent player on a rebuilding club, the trade rumors will always surround them. The Astros’ 23 year old 2007 Free Agent Amateur signee is no different.

Last season around the trade deadline, there were many rumors surrounding the young second sacker. Expect this year to be no different. The Astros are in the middle of rebuilding, and are having a tough go of things in their first season as an American League team. I expect the Astros to hold on to Altuve as they should.

There is no question that the Astros will receive a nice package of prospects in return for Altuve, but the time is not right to trade him. He is still an extremely young player, just 23 years old, and is under team control for a few more years (2018 to be exact).

Altuve  is extremely cheap at this point, and obviously an extremely good hitter. He is still developing. His percentage of swinging at first pitches has dropped, and as a result, his walk rate has gone up.

If he can continue that, he will continue to develop into an elite second baseman. He won’t hit for much power, but he can stroke doubles, and he hits for a high average.

Because the Astros have a second baseman in waiting, Delino DeShields Jr, many people believe Altuve will be traded. I happen to believe he will be traded, but not until DDJ is ready.

It just wouldn’t make sense to trade a cheap, talented, 23 year old right now. Let him contribute to your Major League team until DDJ is ready. DDJ is currently at High A Lancaster. He is, at the very least, two years away from being Major League ready.

Until DeShields is ready, I don’t think the Astros should think about trading Altuve. But, that may just be me.

Jose Altuves fares way better versus Left Handed Pitchers - (.359/.405/.911) in 2012).  He also hit for virtually the same numbers on the road as at home.  The guy flew out of the gates in the 1st month last year - hitting .360 with 15 Runs Scored and 31 Hits in his 1st 22 Games Played/

The guy flew out of the gates in the 1st month last year – hitting .360 with 15 Runs Scored and 31 Hits in his 1st 22 Games Played.  Altuve and Chris Carter maybe the only 2 positional players on the current Roster – that will remain with the team in a few years from now.  The man from the Venezuela is perhaps the most popular Astros player now with his own cult following – thanx to http://www.howmanyaltuves.com and of course the metric system used created based on his Height of 5’412.  For Additional info on that, just click on the prior website or follow @howmanyaltuves on twitter.

***The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com or their partners.***

A big thank-you goes out to Our ‘Astros Correspondent’ Lee White for preparing today’s featured article. Lee is currently a writer at strosbros.wordpress.com. He has been an Astros fan his whole life and has a deep knowledge about the team as a whole. Lee currently goes to college about an hour away from Houston. 

Lee has attended countless games at Minute Maid Park.  Feel Free to follow Lee on Twitter and chat about the game of baseball.  

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About Lee White

Just a small town kid with a dream. I love all sports, but mostly Astros baseball. My blogs are obviously all about the Houston Astros. I've been a fan of them since birth. I also love the Dallas Cowboys, and Dallas Mavericks. I don't blog about them, but tweet about them. If you want to see what I think about those teams, com follow me on Twitter @Moguls73. Hope you guys follow along and enjoy my blog!

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