One of the young stars at the core of the Houston Astros' daring approach to rebuilding their system is unquestionably Jose Altuve, and over the past week, he's proved just how valuable he is to the newest member of the Junior Circuit.
The 24-year old second baseman out of Maracay, Venezuela, has stolen a mind-boggling 11 bases over the past seven games – more than twice as many as the next-most prolific thief (Seattle's James Jones, with five), and as many as the next three players combined.
But, in order to steal that many bases, Altuve needed to get on base in the first place, and he did that at quite a clip, too. Altuve went 13-for-30 over the last week for a .433 average that was good enough for eighth among all major leaguers.
The fourth-year infielder has stolen at least one base in each of his six games, and swiped two bags in each of his last four games. Over those four games, Altuve has tallied at least two hits in each game, and overall, went 10-for-18 in three games against the Detroit Tigers and one against the Atlanta Braves. In fact, in the only game over his past seven that Altuve was held hitless, he still managed to steal a base – on June 25 against the Braves.
Previous Players of the Week
June 16-22: Clayton Kershaw
June 9-15: Andrew McCutchen
June 2-8: Adrian Beltre
May 26-June 1: Edwin Encarnacion
May 19-25: Adam Wainwright
May 5-May 11: Seth Smith
April 28-May 4: Troy Tulowitzki
April 21-27: Jose Abreu
April 14-20: Justin Morneau
April 7-13: Justin Upton
March 31-April 6: Giancarlo Stanton
Scout Hot Sheet June 23-29: Jose Altuve
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