The Houston Astros organization has been home to some of the best players ever to step foot on the diamond, but we are not here to talk about the past, only the present and future. Of all the current Astros players (and coaches), which are most likely to end up in Cooperstown?
When you think of future Hall of Famers, Jose Altuve should come to mind, and why shouldn’t he? Altuve overcame many obstacles just to get to the major leagues and continued to put up great numbers.
His stats look something like this:
1,777 hits, 164 home runs, .308 batting average, .360 on-base percentage
Altuve has won the American League Most Valuable Player Award in 2017 as well as a World Series that year, American League Championship Series MVP in 2019, five-time Silver Slugger, a Gold Glove, and three batting titles in addition to seven all-star appearances.
If Altuve continues to put up consistent numbers, he has a very legitimate chance to reach the Hall of Fame.
This is perhaps the most obvious pick on the Astros roster, and how could it not? Justin Verlander is without a doubt a Hall of Famer, and his stats more than prove why:
226 wins, career 3.33 earned run average, 3013 strikeouts, and a WHIP of 1.134
His awards also earn him a spot in Cooperstown:
- Two-time Cy Young Award Winner
- 2017 World Series Champion
- Eight-time All-Star
- Rookie of the Year
- ERA Title
- ALCS MVP
- AL MVP and Triple Crown winner
The awards themselves are enough to get JV into the Hall. Verlander has the chance of being a first-ballot unanimous choice for the Hall of Fame. The best part is, JV has shown no signs of slowing down, so his stats are still improving.
It’s hard to tell if a player will have a Hall of Fame-worthy career early on, but with how Yordan Alvarez has played in his two seasons thus far he’s on track for Cooperstown.
Yordan took the league by storm in 2019 when he made his big league debut mid-season, blasting a home run in his second at-bat. He would go on to hit 26 more homers and win the 2019 AL Rookie of the Year.
Yordan has already hit 61 home runs and amassed a .290 batting average so far in his young career. Yordan is definitely fun to watch, if he keeps producing at this rate for the rest of his career, expect “Air Yordan” to be cleared for takeoff into the Hall of Fame.
Michael Brantley or “Uncle Mike”, has been nothing but consistent during his time in Houston. His batting average hasn’t dropped below 300 since becoming an Astro.
His stats are as follows:
- 1571 hits
- 122 home runs
- .298 career batting average
- .355 on base percentage
Brantley quietly puts up good numbers each season, and has a serious chance of sneaking in to the Hall of Fame.
Alongside Justin Verlander on this list, Dusty Baker is a clear choice for Hall of Fame. Baker has an all time managerial win percentage of .534, which is great. Dusty also needs just 13 more wins to reach 2,000 all time, and with the Astros he’ll get plenty more than just 13.
Baker has won two pennants, as well as Manager of the Year three times. The only thing he has yet to achieve is winning a World Series, and if all goes well this season for Houston, Baker might just get his ring.
The Astros currently consist of great talent, some of which are on pace for the Hall of Fame. Those listed above are my picks for the Hall of Fame but who knows, the game of baseball is unpredictable so maybe other Astros end up in Cooperstown as well.
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