Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Jose Altuve is his name and speed is his game. At 5-5, 170 pounds he is one of the few professional athletes I can say I “look down” on (in a height sense, of course…I’m 5-7), but his game has big potential.For one, his batted ball profile suggests he should perennially have a BABIP in the .330-.350 range because he almost always puts the ball in play  (90.7% contact rate, 11.7% strikeout rate) and doesn’t hit a lot of fly balls (27.1%). It would take a lot of bad luck for a guy like that to not hit at least .280.When he does get on base, Altuve can steal a base like the best of them. Last year, he stole 33 bases, while getting caught 11 times (75% success) and, at 23 years old, you can only expect him to get smarter and better at picking his spots. He posted a .340 OBP last year despite walking just 6.3% of the time so his OBP will likely rise and fall with his batting average unless he starts being more patient at the plate.At a GlanceStrengths: BA, SB, KNeutral: OBP, RWeaknesses:...
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