Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tri-City ValleyCats: Jose Altuve

Time to start with the Tri-City ValleyCats of the New York-Penn League. And we begin with Jose Altuve, who was named Greeneville's Team MVP despite playing the last month of the season in Tri-City.

Jose Altuve
How did he get here?: Signed contract before 2007 season
Stats: 5'5", 148 lbs, Bats/Throws: R/R
Age as of April 1, 2010: 19

Splits (with Tri-City)

vs LHP23.304/.385/.4353:23-4
vs RHP53.226/.317/.2647:62-3
Bases Empty49.245/.339/.3066:53-0
Runners On27.259/.333/.3334:22-7

Season Total (both Greeneville and Tri-City)
K:BB Ratio: 0.76
K/PA %: 10.2%
XBH/H %: 38.9%

Altuve, our very own Phil Rizzuto (5'5", 148?), spent 63 of his 64 games at 2B (and one at DH), committing 10 errors in 308 chances for a .968 Fld%.

The Tri-City splits don't do justice to the year that Altuve had. Not only did he have a pretty slick glove and a good bat, but he also stole 28 bases (with 6 CS) for an 82% success rate. This is Altuve's third year in the organization, and his second in the States. He hit .343/.429/.441 as a rookie in the VSL, and then put up a .284/.320/.433 line in his first go-round in Greeneville in 2008. His power has stayed around the same (35% XBH/H rate in 2008) from last year, but his plate discipline significantly improved, after drawing eight walks in 152 PAs in 2008 - and Altuve posted his second upside-down K:BB ratio in three seasons in 2009.

Citizen Steve, what say you on Jose Altuve?
Altuve was a fan favorite. Very quick, and fit the leadoff position well. He had used composite bats prior to this year and still showed decent pop. He also makes amazing plays running into short right field and foul territory.

Let's see what he has in Lexington, shall we?