Astros: ESPN Top 100 Ranking Reaction

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 10: Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros congratulates Michael Brantley #23 after a home run in the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays during game five of the American League Divisional Series at Minute Maid Park on October 10, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 10: Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros congratulates Michael Brantley #23 after a home run in the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays during game five of the American League Divisional Series at Minute Maid Park on October 10, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /
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Jose Altuve, Astros, ESPN
Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports /

Jose Altuve

Rank: #57 (2020 – #29)  

ESPN cited his poor batting average last season and the fact that he’s on the wrong side of 30 for his low ranking, which is fair. I think another reason would be the overwhelming “Asto-hate” bias across the league. Teams are still bitter about the sign stealing scandal of 2017, and Altuve has unfortunately been the easiest target. Trolls of the Twitter-verse and biased fanbases love to take every shot they can at the 2017 MVP and felt “vindicated” that he had a career-low regular season at the plate.

Those same haters also refuse to acknowledge how well Altuve mashed in the playoffs.  Altuve hit .375 in the 13 playoff games with 5 HRs, 11 RBIs and a 1.229 OPS. Once again, he was the dominant Jose Altuve we all know and love when the games mattered the most.

 Verdict: TOO LOW

Altuve came in behind other infield players like Rafael Devers (#49), Javier Baez (#43), and Ozzie Albies (#35). All those guys are tremendous players, but don’t nearly have the same track record of producing that Altuve has.  Let’s not forget – from 2014-2019, Jose Altuve hit .327 with 114 HRs and an OPS of .837, all while winning AL MVP, multiple Silver Sluggers and a World Series during that time. He’s been raking for a long time – a 60-game slump shouldn’t diminish that.

Altuve was objectively bad last season, but the short season was messed with a lot of greats, not just Altuve. Christian Yelich (#9) hit .205 and slugged .430, Nolan Arenado (#13) had his worst season statistically with a .230 BA and Javier Baez (#43) hit a putrid .203. I figure most of these players will bounce back this season with a full spring training and expect Altuve will be one of them.

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Altuve is on a 2021 revenge tour. Astro Trolls out there should close out their Twitter accounts while they can.

Should Be: 31-40

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