His full name is Ozhaino Jurdy Jiandro Albies. His last name is pronounced “ALL-bies.” He was born Jan. 7, 1997 in Willemstad, Curacao. Two key former Braves from Curacao are Andruw Jones and Andrelton Simmons. The Braves signed him in July 2013. He made his major league debut Aug. 1, 2017. Albies' home run off Tony Cingrani on Aug. 3 was his first major league homer. That also was the first homer hit by a player born in 1997. He is a switch-hitter, learning to do that in 2013.

Jose Altuve: Ozzie Albies ‘one of best hitters I’ve ever seen’

He’s better at 21 than I am at 28,” Altuve said, via a Buster Olney column May 20. The pair are often compared because of their small size, position and playing style.

Altuve is listed at 5-foot-6, while Albies is listed at 5-8 (both may be generous estimates).

Since Altuve made his thoughts known, Albies has continued blossoming as one of baseball’s premier young talents. He’s in Washington for his first All-Star game.

And in the media scrum Monday afternoon at Nationals Park, Altuve repeated his praise to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“He’s one of the best hitters I’ve ever seen, as young as he is,” Altuve said. “I really hope he gets doing it like that through the years and comes to many All-Star games and become a better player.”

Altuve said the two have met, and he looks forward to watching Albies grow.

The switch-hitting Albies is one of four Braves in the All-Star game. He’s hit .281 with a .318 on-base percentage in 405 at-bats. Albies has clubbed 20 home runs, and leads the National League with 74 runs scored.

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