Yuli Gurriel sets Astros rookie doubles record

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 08: Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel (10) hits a home run during the game between the Houston Astros and the Chicago White Sox on August 8, 2017 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Icon Sportswire)
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Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel collected his 31st double of the season in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers on Sunday afternoon. For Gurriel, it marks a new franchise rookie record in two-baggers.

Despite setting the new record with a month and a half remaining in the season, he still finds himself second on the Astros roster to second baseman Jose Altuve, who entered the day with 34 of his own. The 30 he had totaled so far this year was tied for ninth-best in the American League.

In his first full season as a starter for Houston, Gurriel entered the day batting .293 with 15 home runs and 59 RBI’s. He has clubbed right-handed pitching in 2017, batting .311 (prior to Sunday) with now 24 of his 31 doubles coming against righties.

Gurriel is coming off a month of July in which he was named the American League’s Rookie of the Month with a .304 average to go along with five home runs and 20 RBI’s. His torrid pace has continued into August, where he entered play on Sunday batting .366 over his first 10 games.

The Astros signed Gurriel to a five-year deal worth $47.5 million last July. He began in the minor leagues, before making his major league debut last August at age 32.

After appearing mostly at third base in his short stint in 2016, he moved to the other side of the diamond in order to make room for Alex Bregman. His eight errors at first are the second-most in the AL, but his bat has helped Houston to lead the AL in both hits and runs.

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