Albert Almora has spent his entire 19 year old season down in single A for the Kane County Cougars. The Cubs are very high on Almora and what he can do for the big league team in a couple of years.
Almora is a 6’2″ 180 pound outfielder that bats and throws right handed. He was rated the 33rd best overall prospect by Baseball America prior to the 2013 season. The Cubs organization drafted Almora in last years Amateur Draft with the sixth overall pick in the first round.
He spent the half of the 2012 season that he was with the Cubs organization in the rookie league and in low A Boise. Combined he played in 33 games, had 45 hits, 19 RBI’s, and carried a .321 batting average. Twelve of Almora’s 45 hits were doubles. He has spent all of 2013 with the Kane County Cougars. He has played in 61 games, racked up 82 hits, with 17 of those being doubles and four of them triples. He is also carrying a .329 batting average. Almora is also sporting a .994 fielding percentage from the outfield, he has made only one error on the year.
One of the downfalls that comes with Almora is that he has been injured a couple of times while he has been in the minors. He has had problems with his hand and his knee. You start to wonder if Almora will be durable enough to withstand 162 games in the big leagues. He actually ended the year on the seven day disabled list according to Kane County.
Almora is expected to join the likes of Jorge Soler and possibly Kris Bryant when they all reach the big leagues, whenever that might be. If Brett Jackson ever pans out he could also join these guys in a possible platoon role. Matt Szczur is another name that has been thrown around that could possibly join this outfield.
After watching some film on Almora he still has a lot of raw talent that has the potential to be turned into star talent. His medium to high leg kick doesn’t so much supply power as it helps with his timing of the pitch. He has good speed out of the box and very good hands. He adjusts well to where the ball is pitched, which would explain why his strikeout totals have been so low.
Almora has a win first mentality that he will hopefully bring to the bigs with him whenever he arrives and he seems to put his team before himself any day of the week, which is definitely something you want in a guy you expect big things from. He has a lot of leadership qualities that most guys lack.
It wouldn’t be surprising if we saw Almora up with the Cubs by 2015, which would make him 21 years old. However, like most talented prospects, don’t expect the Cubs to rush Almora up if they don’t feel he is ready. He has a lot of talent and should be fun to watch roam around the outfield of the friendly confines when his time comes.