Two Astros named to All-MLB Second Team

November 24th, 2021

Astros designated hitter and outfielder were named to the 2021 All-MLB Second Team, as announced on Tuesday.

Houston had five other finalists who were not named to either All-MLB Team: first baseman , second baseman , shortstop , starting pitcher and reliever .

The All-MLB First and Second Teams include one player at each infield position and designated hitter, plus three outfielders, five starting pitchers and two relievers. The All-MLB Teams are selected by a combination of fan voting and a panel of experts.

The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani was the First Team selection for DH. The First Team outfielders were Juan Soto, Bryce Harper and Aaron Judge, while Nick Castellanos and Teoscar Hernández joined Tucker on the Second Team.

Both Alvarez and Tucker performed on the offensive side in a way that helped fill a void left by George Springer, the 2017 World Series MVP who left Houston to join the Blue Jays last offseason.

After making his MLB debut in 2019, Alvarez missed all but two games of the '20 regular season due to a right knee injury. He more than delivered after returning from his injury, posting a slash line of .277/.346/.531 with 33 home runs over 144 games. His 3.7 fWAR ranked only behind Ohtani among designated hitters.

Alvarez thrived in the postseason too, even though voters are asked to consider only regular-season performance when making their choices. He posted a 1.023 OPS over 16 games as the Astros made it to the World Series where they fell to the Braves in six games. He was also named the ALCS MVP, when he slugged .870 with a 1.408 OPS in Houston’s six-game series win over the Red Sox.

Tucker, the 24-year-old outfielder from the same Draft class as Alex Bregman, had a career year at the plate, slashing .294/.359/.557 in 140 regular-season games.

In the postseason, he was consistent throughout, totaling four home runs, five stolen bases and 15 RBIs in 16 games. During the AL Division Series against the White Sox, Correa called Tucker the best hitter in the Astros’ lineup.

Tucker was also an AL Gold Glove Award finalist for the second year in a row, again falling behind back-to-back winner Joey Gallo. Tucker was tied with Aaron Judge for first in defensive runs saved by a right fielder at 11. Among all AL right fielders, Tucker ranked second in putouts (246) and sixth in assists (six).