Astros’ Jose Altuve and Jarred Cosart Show The Horizon Looks Bright
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Tuesday, August.20, 2013
By Chris Lacey (Lead Baseball Columnist/Minority Website Owner) Follow @aecanada12
The Houston Astros are not having a great baseball season in 2013 and this was not much of a surprise. This is the first season in which they are playing in the American League, as they were members of the National League since 1962.
They joined the American League West division and as expected they are last in the division. The Astros trail the Texas Rangers by 30 ½ games and at 41-83, they have the worst record in baseball.
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Houston has allowed the most runs in baseball at 646 this season, and they also have the worst run differential in the Majors at -174. The team has struck out a major-league high 1,167 times, and is one reason why they have twice come close to being no-hit this season.
They made a decision to go young with their roster and this is something that the team should be commended for doing. The club is in full rebuild mode with most of their players no older than 27 years.
So with the players on the roster being young, they will make mistakes and this is all part of the learning process that they have to go through.
They went with a college pitcher in this year’s draft by selecting Mark Appel. He has the potential to be an ace for the club and can challenge for a spot in the rotation next season with the team.
Houston can set themselves up good for the future by having good drafts in the next couple of years. I don’t see them finishing with a winning record for a good while, and they could possibly have the number one pick for at least the next three seasons.
They do two have young players on their team now that are great building blocks for the future of their team. This would be the little engine that could in second baseman Jose Altuve and starting pitcher Jarred Cosart.
Altuve is a young player that was groomed in the Astros system and has blossomed into a great player for the team. He knows how to get on base and impact the ballgame with his speed.
The young speedster has already swiped 30 bases this season, while only being caught eight times. He also does not strike often with just striking out 67 times in 462 at-bats this season.
He has a .277/.316/.671 triple-slash this season, and these numbers don’t exactly scream a terrific player. However, he primarily hits at the top of the lineup and his role is to get on base and have other players bring him home.
Altuve may be small with him just 5’5’’, but is big in terms being able to get hits. He has 128 hits on the season, and it’s entirely possible that he can reach 200 hits in a season.
Another thing about him is that may go unnoticed is defense, with him turning 94 double plays as a second baseman, and is 5th in the AL with a Range Factor/Game as 2B of 4.62.
He is right-handed but is another one of those players that prefers to face southpaws. He has a .304 average in 125 at-bats against left-handers, and is hitting just .267 in 337 at-bats facing right-handers.
The other good young player is Cosart from their starting rotation. He has pitched great since his debut start, and has thrown 39 innings while having an ERA of 1.15. He has made six starts, but only has one win to show for his effort.
He does need to work on his control with him walking 18 batters, and I expect that to improve with more innings under his belt. He is holding opponents to a .211 batting average and has yet to surrender a Home Run.
He is limits opposing teams to a .074 batting average in 27 at-bats with runners in scoring position. He is still great by holding teams hitless in 12 at-bats with two outs and runners in scoring position.
Cosart is a young pitcher that can be part of an exciting young group of arms in their rotation for years to come.
The Astros could be the equivalent of the Tampa Bay Rays in couple of years and could be the class of the AL West division. It will take some time for the team to be competitive, but in a couple of years they could contend for a play off spot.
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