Originally written May 04, 2012 on Fox Sports Houston:
When Jose Altuve was first promoted to the Major Leagues last season, the big curiosity was if a 5'5 player could actually stick and produce on a big league roster. Altuve had hit-and hit exceptionally well- at every level in the minor leagues, yet his size created doubt at the big-league level. In addition, while Altuve dominated at every level once he adjusted to the caliber of play, the other fly in the ointment was his distaste for taking pitches. And that tendency became evident with the Astros last year when he drew just five walks in 234 plate appearances. The kid from Venezuela displayed an ability to make consistent contact, but the lack of discipline at the plate resulted in a .297 OBP. That was not going to work so the Astros had a chat with the 21 year-old second baseman this spring about patience. Whether it was that talk or whether Altuve was eventually going to become a good hitter anyway is unknown. But the results are very well documented. Entering Friday nigh...
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