Melanie A. Altuve is the celebrity daughter of Houston Astros’ second baseman José Altuve. Melanie’s father was the American League MVP, World Series champion, and four-time All-Star in 2017. José Altuve’s also the Houston Astros’ all-time leader in hits. Not bad for a player who stands just 5’6″ tall.
Personal Life & Education of Melanie A. Altuve
Born in Houston, Texas, Melanie A. Altuve is the middle child of three sisters. Melanie’s older sister, Nina, is a student at the University of Houston, and her younger sister, Maya, is a student at St. Agnes Academy.
Melanie was a tomboy who enjoyed sports with her father and sisters when she was younger. Melanie began playing softball when she was five years old and made an all-star team when she was eight. She decided at the age of ten that she wanted to play baseball like her father and began playing on an all-boys team. Melanie continued to play baseball until she was fourteen, when she switched to softball.
Sports Career of Melanie A. Altuve
Melanie Altuve was named to the All-Greater Houston Area softball team as a senior after being named All-District three times. She was also a member of the Astros Softball Academy in Houston. Melanie went to the University of Texas at Austin after graduating from high school, where she played softball for the Longhorns.
Melanie was a four-time All-Big 12 selection and twice named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year during her four years in Texas. She was also a two-time NFCA All-American. Melanie was named the Women’s College World Series Most Outstanding Player in 2009 after leading the Longhorns to three consecutive appearances in the tournament.
Melanie was drafted by the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch league after graduating from Texas. She played for the Bandits for two seasons before being traded to the Akron Racers in 2012. After a year with the Racers Melanie Altuve stopped playing professional softball.
Who is José Altuve?
Altuve was born in Maracay, Aragua State, Venezuela, to a family of six kids. His father, Jose, worked as a waste collector, while his mother, Carmela, was a homemaker. Altuve began playing organized baseball when he was five years old, and his first team was a softball team, which he played on until he was 12.
At 14, Altuve switched to baseball and began playing in the Venezuelan Summer League. He was signed by the Astros in 2007 and played for their minor-league affiliates before being called up to the big leagues in 2011.
Altuve was named the American League (AL) Rookie of the Year in 2012 and won three consecutive AL batting titles from 2014 to 2016. In 2017, he won the AL Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award and led the Astros to their first World Series championship in franchise history.
Since making his debut, Altuve has been one of the best hitters in baseball. He’s a five-time All-Star and a three-time batting champion. He’s also the only player in Astros history to have more than 200 hits and 40 stolen bases in a season.
Melanie A. Altuve has returned to her alma mater, St. Agnes Academy, as an assistant softball coach. She is also the head coach of the 16U Texas Bombers Gold softball team in Houston.