Jose Altuve is a Venezuelan professional baseball player in Major League Baseball. As of the 20201 Season, he plays the second baseman for the Houston Astros. He stands 5 feet and 6 inches tall and is a right-handed batter and thrower. Jose has been made MLB All-Star seven times, including 2021. As the July 2021 stats, he has a batting average of 0.310. He has also had 1,696 hits over his career with 152 home runs. He has only ever professionally played in the American major league for the Astros. Together with the rest of the team, Altuve became a World Series Champion in 2017.

Born Jose Carlos Altuve on May 6, 1990, he is a native of Maracay, a city located in north-central Venezuela. When he was seven years old, he met Salvador Perez, another major league player. They would compete together in the American League. When he was 16, he tried out for the Houston Astros’ camp in his city. But with his height, the organizers suspected that he was lying about his age. He came back the next day with his birth certificate. He was signed as free-agent in 2007.

Position Second Base
Born 6 May 1990
Nationality Venezuela Venezuela
Nickname Gigante

He started in the Venezuelan Summer League before moving to the United States in 2008. There he played for the Greenville Astros. In 2009, he became the team’s MVP. Teams he played for in 2010 and 2011 include the Lexington Legends, Corpus Christi Hooks, and the Lancaster JetHawks. He bypassed playing for the Class AAA level when he was called to play in the majors for the Houston Astros in July 2011. After this, he went back to Venezuela. There he played for the Navegantes del Magallanes.

In 2013, Altuve’s contract with the Astros was extended for another four years. In 2014, he went to Japan to take part in the Major League Baseball Japan All-Star Series there. He also won his very first Silver Slugger Award during that year. In 2015, he was awarded the Gold Glove award as well as a Silver Slugger. He was named Player of the Month for June 2016 and later that year, he was also named by The Sporting News as their Player of the Year.

In 2017, he was instrumental in helping the Astros win the World Series. He was ranked as the No.2 player in baseball by Sports Illustrated. He lost out to Trout, who took the No.1 spot that year. Jose achieved his 100th career home run in April 2019. By October of the following year, he had become the Venezuelan player with the most post-season home runs. He set a record in 2021 and became the first player in the MLB to have made a Walk-Off Grand Slam for one game and then a Lead Off Home Run in the next game.

Professional Career Highlights and Awards

  • 2012, 2014–2018, 2021 - MLB All-Star
  • 2019 - All-MLB Second Team
  • 2017 - World Series champion
  • 2017 - AL MVP
  • 2019 - ALCS MVP
  • 2015 - Gold Glove Award
  • 2014–2018 - Silver Slugger Award
  • 2017 - AL Hank Aaron Award
  • 2014, 2016, 2017 - AL battingchampion
  • 2014, 2015 - AL stolen base leader

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