Well, the prospects on the farm are demonstrating why the Cubs future is bright. Kris Bryant goes on a home run binge. Arismendy Alcantara played so well he is now getting hits in bunches on the major league club. Javier Baez is hitting again, trying to get a promotion himself. And Albert Almora is back on track.
Almora is the Cubs’ number 4 prospect in their system. He is also ranked number 15 on MLBPipeline.com’s Top 100 Prospect list. The Cubs, by the way, have four of the top 15 and seven of the top 81 on that list.
At Class-A Daytona, Almora was mired in a slump for most of the season. In his first 62 games, He went 60-249 ( .241 batting average), a .582 OPS, just four stolen bases (and three caught stealing), only seven walks, two home runs and 30 RNI.
In his last twenty games, however, he has gone 33-88 ( .375 batting average), 4 home runs and 17 RBI. His OPS is 1.016, which raised his overall number by 113 points, to .695.
His hot hitting culminated in getting the cycle on Monday. He had five hits in seven at bats. He also scored four runs and drove in five.
Now that he is back on track, Almora could be looking at a promotion to Class-AA Tennessee. The third year player may still be two years or so away from playing in Chicago, but he is among the reasons why Cubs fans are expressing hope for their team’s near future.