Rolling Stone says Jose Altuve was MLB's 'Secret MVP' for 2014
Rolling Stone says Jose Altuve is the 'Secret MVP'
Jose Altuve has been defying expectations his entire career. At 5-foot-6, he didn't look like other Major Leaguers. He was never listed as a top 100 prospect despite hitting .327 through the Minors. Even after hitting a combined .389/.426/.591 between Class A Advanced and Double-A before he was called up in 2011, pundits were reserved in their expectations.
After two-and-a-half quality Major League seasons, Altuve's 2014 was proof that you should never have doubted him. With quick wrists and the ability to hit anything near the strike zone, Altuve took home the batting title with a .341 average and led the American League in hits (225) and stolen bases (56). That included a record-tying stretch of four-straight multi-steal games that hadn't been touched in 97 years.
Seriously though, he can hit anything near the strike zone:
But it wasn't just his on-field performance that earned him plaudits from Rolling Stone. As Dan Epstein wrote:
I mean, when was the last time you saw the previous year's MVP pick up the next season's Secret MVP?