Alvarez, Altuve, Valdez among six Astros selected to All-MLB team


(SportsRadio 610) - Six Astros have been named to the All-MLB team, the league announced Monday evening.

Designated hitter Yordan Alvarez, second baseman Jose Altuve, and pitchers Framber Valdez and Justin Verlander were named to the first team. Right fielder Kyle Tucker and closer Ryan Pressly were both named to the second team.

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A combination of fans, media members, broadcasters, former players and other officials throughout the game make up the votes for these selections.

Altuve, 32, hit.300 with 28 home runs, 57 RBI and a .921 OPS. In the AL, he ranked second in runs (103), third in OPS, third in slugging percentage (.533) and fourth in on-base percentage (.387). Altuve ranked first among AL second basemen in home runs, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and runs scored.

Alvarez, 25, hit .306 with a career-high 37 home runs, 97 RBI, 95 runs, 29 doubles, 78 walks and a 1.019 OPS in 135 games for Houston. He ranked second in OPS, slugging percentage and on-base percentage; third in home runs, fourth in batting average, tied for fourth in walks and tied for fifth in RBI in the AL.

Pressly, 33, went 3-3 with a career-high 33 saves and a 2.98 ERA. He also reached career-bests in WHIP (0.89), opponent batting average (.191), opponent slugging percentage (.277), opponent OPS (.516), strikeout percentage (35.7%) and hits allowed per nine innings (5.59). Pressly ranked fourth among AL pitchers in saves (33), tied for fourth in save percentage (89.2%), fifth in opponent on-base percentage and fifth in opponent OPS.

Tucker, 25, hit .257 with 71 runs, 28 doubles, 30 home runs, a career-high 107 RBI, a career-high 25 stolen bases and an .808 OPS in a career-high 150 games for the Astros this season. In the AL, Tucker ranked third in RBI, third in stolen base percentage (86.2%), tied for fifth in stolen bases and 11th in home runs. He was the only MLB player with 30 home runs and 25 stolen bases in 2022.

Valdez, 29, had the best season of his career, going 17-6 with a 2.82 ERA in 31 starts. He tossed 25 consecutive quality starts from April 25 to Sept. 18, setting the MLB record for the most consecutive quality starts in a single season.  Among AL starters this season, he ranked first in quality starts (26), first in innings (201.1), first in home runs per nine innings (0.49), first in groundball percentage (67.3%), second in wins (17), sixth in opponent OPS (.600), and sixth in ERA.

Verlander, 39, had a dominant season in 2022, leading the AL in wins (18), ERA (1.75), WHIP (0.83), opponent OPS (.497), opponent average (.186), opponent slugging percentage (.297) and hits per nine innings (5.97). He finished the season with a 1.75 ERA. Verlander has since reportedly agreed to a two-year, $86 million deal with the New York Mets.

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