Astros History

Astros Top WAR Leaders Since the 2016 Season

Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Houston Astros have been one of the most successful franchises since 2016. The ball club unfortunately missed the postseason that year, after falling short in the American League Division Series the year before.

Since then, the Astros haven’t missed an American League Championship Series and have been to three World Series. Players have come and gone, including in-house product, George Springer.

Carlos Correa could now join Springer as one of the core position players to explore his future elsewhere, when the next Collective Bargaining Agreement is in place.

From the World Series team, only a few remain, including Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Yuli Gurriel in the field, while Lance McCullers Jr. and Justin Verlander are the only hurlers still on the team.

But with all this change, two players currently not on the Astros remain in the top-five on their WAR leaders by FanGraphs since the 2016 season.

Since 2016, Altuve holds the most fWAR value of any Astros’ player, which is understandable for the 2017 MVP.

Jose Altuve………………………….28.0 fWAR

Alex Bregman……………………..23.4 fWAR

Carlos Correa………………………21.7 fWAR

George Springer………………….20.8 fWAR

Yuli Gurriel……………………………9.4 fWAR

Michael Brantley, Marwin Gonzalez, Josh Reddick, Evan Gattis and Jake Marisnick round out the top 10, while none of them played in all seasons between 2016-2021 with the Astros.

Springer, of course, is in the same conversation, but he is also a top 15, maybe even top 10, Astro of all-time based on statistics.

Interesting enough, Bregman is the Astros fWAR leader since his debut on July 25, 2016. From that day on, Bregman has 23.4 fWAR, while Altuve has 22.6 fWAR value. This is due to Altuve’s second-half of the 2016 season not being as productive as the first half.

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Bregman and Altuve are under contract until 2025, when both players become unrestricted free agents. The Astros can extend both or either player before then, but the future status of the organization at that time will be different than it is today.

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