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Astros’ Jose Altuve and Jarred Cosart Show The Horizon Looks Bright

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Tuesday, August.20, 2013

Jose Altuve is a great and dynamic player for the Astros. He is a threat to steal bases constantly, as he has swiped 30 bases and has only been caught eight times. He is hitting .277 on the season with 164 Total Bases, that includes him having 128 hits. He knows how to put the ball in play with him only striking out 67 times in 462 at-bats. Altuve does great against left-handers with a .302 batting average against them, but is only hitting .267  facing right-handers on the season. He is best when he hits from the lead off position, as indicated by a .326 average. He also has a .429 batting average when he bats in the 6th inning.

Jose Altuve is a great and dynamic player for the Astros. He is a threat to steal bases constantly, as he has swiped 30 bases and has only been caught eight times. He is hitting .277 on the season with 164 Total Bases, that includes him having 128 hits. He knows how to put the ball in play with him only striking out 67 times in 462 at-bats. Altuve does great against left-handers with a .302 batting average against them, but is only hitting .267 facing right-handers on the season. He is best when he hits from the lead off position, as indicated by a .326 average. He also has a .429 batting average when he bats in the 6th inning.

By Chris Lacey (Lead Baseball Columnist/Minority Website Owner)

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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Matt Dominguez is the future at third base for the club. He has hit 16 HRs to along with 60 RBIs. He does need to work on his patience at the plate, with him juts walking 17 times and striking out 73 times.

Matt Dominguez is the future at third base for the club. He has hit 16 HRs to go along with 60 RBIs. He does need to work on his patience at the plate, with him juts walking 17 times and striking out 73 times. He does a good job with runners in scoring position, as indicated by a .260 batting average in this situation to include 45 RBIs.

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. 

Cosart is a young pitcher that has shined for Houston. Since his first start, there was something that set him apart from other pitchers on the roster for this young team. He  has made six starts for the team and has only one win to show for his hard work. However he does own a 1.15 ERA in 39 innings pitched this season, while just giving up five earned runs so far on the season. He is only allowing 6.5 Hits per nine innings. The young right-hander is holding teams to a .211 batting average on the season, and is limiting right-handed batters to a .178 average. He is great with runners in scoring position, as teams just have a .074 average in  27 at-bats.

Cosart is a young pitcher that has shined for Houston. Since his first start, there was something that set him apart from other pitchers on the roster for this young team. He has made six starts for the team and has only one win to show for his hard work. However he does own a 1.15 ERA in 39 innings pitched this season, while just giving up five earned runs so far on the season. He is only allowing 6.5 Hits per nine innings. The young right-hander is holding teams to a .211 batting average on the season, and is limiting right-handed batters to a .178 average. He is great with runners in scoring position, as teams just have a .074 average in 27 at-bats.

*** 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 ”Lead Baseball Columnist and Minority Website Owner” Chris Lacey. Chris has been a fan of watching baseball since the age of 13. Now he does like all sports – but his favorites after baseball are hockey and basketball. 

Chris is very good with computers and is a college graduate.  

Chris is very active on Twitter and especially during the baseball season chatting with other Diamondbacks fans. Be sure to follow him and talk about the great game of baseball. Chris is addicted to writing baseball. 

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