Altuve, a 5-foot-7 second baseman from Venezuela, has burst onto the scene this year. He was promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi along with shortstop Jonathan Villar on June 1 after dominating Class-A Lancaster, where he led the California League with a blistering .408 batting average.
The 21-year-old, who wasn't ranked among the organization's top-10 prospects by MLB.com prior to the season, hasn't slowed down at Corpus Christi, where he is hitting .372 with three home runs and 17 RBIs in 21 games. Altuve has a hit safely in nine of his past 10 games and has at least one RBI in five of his past seven games.
He has also shown speed, stealing four bases with the Hooks and 19 bases at Lancaster.
The 13th annual Futures Game can be seen live on MLB.TV, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday on Taco Bell All-Star Sunday, July 10, at 5 p.m. CT. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on XM 175. MLB.com will provide complete coverage before, during and after the game, and you can keep up to date by following @MLBFutures on Twitter. Fans can join the Futures Game conversation by tagging tweets with #mlbfutures.
Major League Baseball, along with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America, USA Baseball and the 30 Major League Baseball clubs, selected the 25-man rosters for each club. Each organization is represented, and the World Team features players from 12 countries and territories. Players from all full-season Minor Leagues were eligible to participate.
Hunter Pence is the only current Astros player who has competed in both the XM All-Star Futures Game and the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. He was in the 2006 Futures Game and the '09 All-Star Game.
Brett Myers (2001-02), J.R. Towles (2007), Brett Wallace (2009) and Jason Castro (2009) are also former Futures Game participants.
Pitcher Jordan Lyles threw one scoreless inning in last year's Futures Game, fanning one batter and allowing one hit.
Rowan Kavner is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less