KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- A crew from MLB Productions has been following Astros All-Star second baseman and 2014 American League batting champion Jose Altuve around for the last few months to gather footage for a documentary about him.
The movie was the idea of club owner Jim Crane, who wanted Altuve to get some publicity following a season in which he set a club record with 225 hits and led the AL with a .341 batting average and 56 stolen bases.
"He's the first batting champion we've ever had, and that's quite an achievement on his part," Crane said. "He's the spark of the team. He's got an infectious smile, he's a great guy and I think you'll see him step up to the lead a lot more this year."
The production crew was in Japan when Altuve participated in a tour of Major League All-Stars in December, and it traveled to Altuve's native Venezuela in January to get more footage. Altuve was wearing a microphone as he participated in the first day of full-squad workouts Wednesday at Osceola County Stadium while cameras followed him.
Altuve was asked what the movie meant to him.
"It feels great," he said. "They're doing something on you, that means they appreciate the work you're doing. I want to thank them and thank the Astros for what they're doing for me. I want to keep working hard and help my team to win."
Altuve even joked he's leading man material.
"I feel like Brad Pitt, like a movie actor," he said. "This might be my start in Hollywood, don't you think?"