Burning Fantasy Baseball Questions: Houston Astros

by Nicholas Minnix on January 4, 2013 @ 13:02:03 PDT


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Where will Jose Altuve rank in the 2013 2B annals?

Undoubtedly, the safest roto commodity in Houston is the club's diminutive second baseman who batted .290 with seven home runs and 33 stolen bases in 2012. Managers of fake teams will most likely be all-in on him as a reliable mid-tier option at the position.

And, undoubtedly, he has an excellent chance to finish as a similarly ranked player, perhaps in the top 100 overall again. His contact rate of roughly 90 percent, his ability to spray ropes to all fields and his speed make him a safe investment.

But, although Altuve will be only 23 in May, it's extremely likely that moderately improving his skill set has already taken him pretty close to his greatest heights possible - no pun intended. Statistically, Altuve's upside is extremely limited because of lack of projectable power (15-homer seasons unlikely) and his aversion to drawing free passes (opportunities for 50-steal campaigns also out). What you see is what you get, which isn't bad. A number of players who could easily turn a significant profit will be available at the position, too, though.

What will the Astros do at first base?

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