By C. Trent Rosecrans
PHOENIX -- Jose Altuve is easy to miss, and when you do see him, even easier to overlook.
But the Astros' second base prospect is showing he's just more than the short guy. And when I say short, I mean he's about the same height as the squatting umpire. Listed at 5-foot-7, Altuve is even shorter.
"I know everyone talks about my size; it's something that doesn't bother me," Altuve said. "When I go to play, they talk about how I'm short but then they talk about other things after they see me play."
His stature has led many to questions about his future in the game. Even at second base, that's really, really short. His bat, however, is making some believers. The 21-year-old from Venezuela is hitting .353/./382/.551 at Double-A Corpus Christi in 33 games in the Texas League. He started the season in the notoriously hitter-friendly California League in high Class A and hit .408/.451/.606. And get this: He's even hit nine home runs this season -- five in Lancaster and four in Corpus Christi.
For Altuve, just making the Futures Game is evidence that he's changing some minds about whether he can ever play in the big leagues.
"This is something I'm playing here with a lot of guys who have played in the big leagues already and almost everyone will play in the big leagues. It's really good," Altuve said before Sunday's game.
During Sunday's game, Altuve started at second and played second (while wearing No. 2 to top it off). He doubled in his first at-bat and singled in his second, finishing 2 for 3 before being replaced by Jonathan Schoop.
Altuve has already made one move up the Astros' minor-league ladder and could be looking at Triple-A soon.
"I don't think too much about it," he said. "Once something happens, it happens. I just worry about going to field and playing hard. They can do what they want with me."For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.