The first player on the 40-man roster to be highlighted is none other than the Astros 2012 All-Star second baseman, Jose Altuve.
Altuve, 23, signed with Houston as a 16-year-old undrafted free agent in 2007 and was the second-youngest member of the 2012 National League All-Star team at 22 (behind OF Bryce Harper).
Born on May 6, 1990, in Maracay, Venezuela, Altuve is the second-youngest All-Star in Houston Astros history (behind 21-year-old Cesar Cedeno in 1972) and made his MLB debut on July 20, 2011.
Although the Astros star second baseman is currently in a minor slump, hitting just .196 over the last 10 games (Aug. 10 through Aug. 20), Altuve served as the designated hitter on Sunday in Houston's 7-5 win over the Angels before returning to the regular lineup on Monday, Aug. 19, at Texas.
"I've been dealing with this [soreness in left quadriceps] a couple days, but now I feel really good," Altuve told MLB.com's Master Tesfatsion on Tuesday, Aug. 20. "Now, I'm just ready to go outside and play a game."
Overall this season, Altuve is batting a mediocre .275 with 41 runs batted in, 30 stolen bases, 28 walks, 20 doubles, and four home runs.
In 319 games at the major league level, Houston's starting second baseman holds a .282 batting average with 90 RBI, 73 walks, 70 stolen bases, 64 doubles, and 13 home runs.
And despite going a mere 1-for-7 over the past two games in Arlington, Altuve and the Astros aim to bounce back tonight at Texas.
Like Altuve said, it's time "to go outside and play a game."
Are you ready?
Information from the official Houston Astros website (http://astros.com) was used in this report.
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