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2015 TCB Astros March Madness: Jose Altuve vs. Vincent Velasquez

It's the final match of the first round, and arguably the favorite to win the whole thing finally appears. Can one of the Astros' best prospects slay Gigante?

Just a reminder; voting will stay open for 24 hours for each of these match-ups, and there will be two match-ups per day. For a complete breakdown, check out the introductory post if you haven't already. Get those votes in while you can!

Round One, Match Thirty Two

Jose Altuve, 2B

The Astros keystone man (in more than one way) had a breakout season that will be remembered for decades. Capturing the MLB batting title by hitting .341, Altuve positioned himself as the best player on the team, the face of the franchise and a legitimate All-Star talent. While some regression is to be expected, there's little doubt that he will still be one of the best, if not the best, players on the club for some time to come, and he has, after all, built his whole career atop the shattered expectations of naysayers. -- Brian Stevenson


Vincent Velasquez, RHP

One of the last remaining Bobby Heck pitchers in the system. Velasquez was a Heck type pitcher as he is very athletic and has an athletic repeatable delivery. He completely dominates hitters at the plate with a great fastball and changeup combination. He also possesses a breaking ball that projects to be average but flashes more. The largest question surrounding him is his durability. He had a hip issue that caused him to miss a lot of time and of course he was shut down with the dreaded TJ surgery a few years back. -- Subber10