2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Jose Altuve
Greg Jewett takes an in-depth look at Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2020 MLB season.
Amidst the fallout of the cheating controversy, fantasy owners trying to assess how to value Jose Altuve could be intriguing. Altuve displayed a power spike in 2016 hitting 24 home runs and followed it up in 2017 when the reported trashcan alerts began. Limited to 137 games in 2018, Altuve only hit 13 home runs but in even fewer games last year, launched a career high 31. Wait, what? Fueled by a scorching second half, Altuve surged to a .325/.375/.622 slash after the All-Star break leading the American League in hits (93) and total bases (178) while finishing tied for third in home runs (21).
Taking this with a grain of salt, along with the knowledge of the livelier baseballs in play last season, other factors emerged in his batted ball profile. Altuve increased his pull percentage to a career high 41.7-percent on Statcast. His swing percentage decreased but he suffered a rise in whiff percent and traded contact percentage as well. Hindered by a 50.7 ground ball rate, Altuve...