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2017 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 23)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
207 .250 5 20 21 2 .239 0.2
Birth Date4-16-1994
Height6' 2"
Weight190 lbs
Age22 years, 10 months, 8 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
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2014
2015
0.72016
0.22017
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WARP Summary

Projected Rest-of-Season Playing Time

Last Update: 2/22/2017 11:07 ET | Cubs Depth Chart

Team Pos Order PT% PA AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG WARP TAv
CHN CF 6 5 34 .250 20 5 21 2 .277 .386 0.2 .239
CHN CF 7 5 33 .250 20 5 21 2 .277 .386 0.2 .239
CHN CF 8 20 126 .250 20 5 21 2 .277 .386 0.2 .239
CHN PH 9 5 14 .250 20 5 21 2 .277 .386 0.2 .239
2015 Rest-of-Season Totals35207.250205212.277.3860.2.239

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2016 CHN 22 47 117 112 14 31 9 1 3 51 5 20 0 0 0 14 0 0 .277 .308 .455 .267 5.2 1.3 0.7
Career471171121431913515200001400.277.308.455.2675.21.30.7

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2012 BOI A- 15 65 .232 .256 .344 .371 .264 .305 115 -1.9 1.8 0.2 2.6 -3.0 -2.9 -0.0 -2.9 -0.0
2012 CUB Rk 18 80 .353 .258 .338 .372 .272 .368 95 8.6 2.5 0.2 1.8 0.4 11.7 1.3 11.7 1.3
2013 KNC A 61 272 .286 .254 .322 .369 .254 .362 108 7.5 7.7 0.5 11.7 -0.7 14.9 2.8 14.9 2.8
2014 DAY A+ 89 385 .254 .253 .317 .366 .249 .305 101 -2.6 11.3 0.9 4.6 0.9 10.5 1.5 10.5 1.5
2014 TEN AA 36 144 .212 .259 .329 .385 .269 .267 103 -7.1 4.0 0.3 -2.3 -0.1 -3.0 -0.6 -3.0 -0.6
2015 TEN AA 106 452 .271 .258 .329 .377 .268 .291 98 5.1 12.1 -0.5 1.4 1.2 17.8 2.1 17.8 2.1
2016 CHN MLB 47 117 .267 .262 .327 .430 .274 .315 91 0.9 3.3 0.1 1.3 0.9 5.2 0.7 5.2 0.7
2016 IOW AAA 80 336 .285 .261 .324 .402 .266 .336 90 8.8 9.4 0.5 -0.6 3.8 22.5 2.3 22.5 2.3

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2012 BOI A- 65 9 19 7 0 1 6 0 5 0 1 .292 .292 .446 .154 .232 -2.9 2.6 -0.0
2012 CUB Rk 80 18 26 5 1 1 13 2 8 5 1 .347 .362 .480 .133 .353 11.7 1.8 1.3
2013 KNC A 272 39 82 17 4 3 23 17 30 4 4 .329 .376 .466 .137 .286 14.9 11.7 2.8
2014 TEN AA 144 20 33 7 2 2 10 2 23 0 1 .234 .250 .355 .121 .212 -3.0 -2.3 -0.6
2014 DAY A+ 385 55 104 20 2 7 50 12 46 6 3 .283 .306 .406 .123 .254 10.5 4.6 1.5
2015 TEN AA 452 69 110 26 4 6 46 32 47 8 4 .272 .327 .400 .128 .271 17.8 1.4 2.1
2016 IOW AAA 336 46 97 18 3 4 43 9 44 10 3 .303 .317 .416 .113 .285 22.5 -0.6 2.3
2016 CHN MLB 117 14 31 9 1 3 14 5 20 0 0 .277 .308 .455 .179 .267 5.2 1.3 0.7

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2016 394 0.4873 0.5025 0.7626 0.6302 0.3812 0.8512 0.6234 0.2374 0 0.000000
Career3940.48730.50250.76260.63020.38120.85120.62340.237400

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-08-09 - Minors - - - Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2014-03-26 2014-03-31 Camp 5 0 - Knee Contusion - -
2013-08-05 2013-09-03 Minors 29 0 Right Groin Strain - -
2013-04-01 2013-05-22 Minors 51 0 Left Wrist Recovery From Fracture Hamate - -
2013-03-04 2013-04-01 Camp 28 0 Left Wrist Fracture Hamate - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2016 CHN $

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 73 dBoras Corp.1 year (2016)

Details
  • 1 year (2016). Contract selected by Chicago Cubs 6/7/16.
  • Drafted by Chicago Cubs 2012 (1-6) (Mater Academy, Hialeah Gardens, Fla.). $3.9M signing bonus ($3.25M slot).

2017 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 270 31 75 15 2 7 32 11 43 3 1 .294 .324 .456 .280 13.3 CF 2 1.6
80o 249 27 65 13 2 6 28 9 41 3 1 .279 .307 .432 .266 8.7 CF 2 1.1
70o 233 24 59 12 1 6 26 8 39 3 1 .268 .296 .415 .256 5.8 CF 1 0.8
60o 220 22 53 11 1 5 24 8 37 2 1 .258 .286 .400 .247 3.5 CF 1 0.5
50o 207 20 49 10 1 5 22 7 35 2 1 .250 .277 .386 .239 1.6 CF 1 0.3
40o 194 19 44 9 1 4 20 6 34 2 1 .241 .267 .372 .231 -0.1 CF 1 0.1
30o 181 17 40 8 1 4 18 6 32 2 1 .232 .257 .358 .223 -1.7 CF 1 -0.1
20o 165 15 34 7 1 3 16 5 29 2 1 .221 .246 .341 .212 -3.2 CF 1 -0.2
10o 144 12 29 6 1 3 13 4 26 1 1 .206 .230 .317 .198 -4.8 CF 1 -0.4
Weighted Mean213215110152373621.254.281.392.2432.5CF 10.4

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2017 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
20182441745100212114715704.253.283.400.2501.17.6-0.11.110.8-4.22.6
2019254054598202124716704.255.288.410.2551.39.2-0.10.910.5-2.12.6
2020263714188182104315654.252.286.404.2521.17.3-0.10.79.6-2.92.3
202127344388217294014603.254.287.407.2541.07.1-0.20.68.9-2.22.2
2022283503984172104114613.254.287.409.2541.07.3-0.30.59.1-2.02.2
2023293343881162103914582.256.291.412.2571.17.8-0.40.48.7-0.92.1
202430324367816293814562.254.290.410.2561.06.9-0.40.38.4-1.42.0
202531310357415293613541.254.289.409.2550.96.3-0.50.28.0-1.52.0
202632293336914183412521.254.289.408.2550.85.8-0.50.17.6-1.51.9

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 81)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 88 Logan Schafer 2010 .000 DNP
2 87 Jae-Hoon Ha 2014 .000 DNP
3 86 Charlie Blackmon 2010 .000 DNP
4 86 Leon Landry 2013 .000 DNP
5 85 Ryan Sweeney 2008 .270
6 85 Matt Szczur 2013 .000 DNP
7 85 Ender Inciarte 2014 .251
8 85 Dave Sappelt 2010 .000 DNP
9 84 Miguel Velazquez 2011 .000 DNP
10 84 Engel Beltre 2013 .227
11 84 Rosell Herrera 2016 .000 DNP
12 84 Gary Brown 2012 .000 DNP
13 84 Jake Cave 2016 .000 DNP
14 83 Eddie Rosario 2015 .252
15 83 Cedric Hunter 2011 .274
16 83 Peter Bourjos 2010 .221
17 83 Chih-Hsien Chiang 2011 .000 DNP
18 82 Noel Cuevas 2015 .000 DNP
19 82 Cameron Perkins 2014 .000 DNP
20 82 Jake Marisnick 2014 .226
21 82 Brandon Short 2012 .000 DNP
22 82 Jose Martinez 2012 .000 DNP
23 82 Teodoro Martinez 2015 .000 DNP
24 82 Juan Lagares 2012 .000 DNP
25 82 Xavier Avery 2013 .000 DNP
26 82 Leandro Castro 2012 .000 DNP
27 82 Josh Anderson 2006 .000 DNP
28 81 Felix Pie 2008 .220
29 81 Francisco Peguero 2011 .000 DNP
30 81 Johnny Field 2015 .000 DNP
31 81 Socrates Brito 2016 .188
32 81 Rafael Bautista 2016 .000 DNP
33 81 Isaias Velasquez 2011 .000 DNP
34 81 Charlie Tilson 2016 .337
35 81 Christopher Garia 2016 .000 DNP
36 81 DJ LeMahieu 2012 .249
37 81 Willie Cabrera 2010 .000 DNP
38 81 Dominique Taylor 2016 .000 DNP
39 81 Alcides Escobar 2010 .224
40 81 Oscar Tejeda 2013 .000 DNP
41 81 Josh Reddick 2010 .198
42 81 Juan Portes 2009 .000 DNP
43 80 Gorkys Hernandez 2011 .000 DNP
44 80 Tyler Naquin 2014 .000 DNP
45 80 Jose Duarte 2008 .000 DNP
46 80 Blake Tekotte 2010 .000 DNP
47 80 Alberth Martinez 2014 .000 DNP
48 80 Henry Rodriguez 2013 .131
49 80 Travis Jankowski 2014 .000 DNP
50 80 Alex Presley 2009 .000 DNP
51 80 Mason Williams 2015 .300
52 80 Jose Osuna 2016 .000 DNP
53 80 Sean Henry 2009 .000 DNP
54 80 Daniel Castro 2016 .172
55 80 Reymond Fuentes 2014 .000 DNP
56 80 Marcus Lemon 2011 .000 DNP
57 80 Giovanny Urshela 2015 .217
58 80 Ben Revere 2011 .228
59 80 Tyler Colvin 2009 .187
60 80 Jake Shaffer 2011 .000 DNP
61 80 Lane Adams 2013 .000 DNP
62 80 Benjamin Gamel 2015 .000 DNP
63 80 Jordan Smith 2014 .000 DNP
64 79 Bo Greenwell 2012 .000 DNP
65 79 Brandon Roberts 2008 .000 DNP
66 79 Carlos Sanchez 2015 .218
67 79 Drew Weeks 2016 .000 DNP
68 79 Derrick Robinson 2011 .000 DNP
69 79 Christian Bethancourt 2015 .201
70 79 Scooter Gennett 2013 .308
71 79 Jon Gilmore 2012 .000 DNP
72 79 Erick Aybar 2007 .193
73 79 Ronny Cedeno 2006 .209
74 79 Austin Jackson 2010 .261
75 79 Kyle Waldrop 2015 -.009
76 79 Gerardo Parra 2010 .240
77 79 Josh Vitters 2013 .000 DNP
78 79 Ryan LaMarre 2012 .000 DNP
79 79 Didi Gregorius 2013 .262
80 79 Whit Merrifield 2012 .000 DNP
81 79 Eduardo Nunez 2010 .227
82 79 Jiwan James 2012 .000 DNP
83 79 Jamal Austin 2014 .000 DNP
84 79 Concepcion Rodriguez 2010 .000 DNP
85 79 Carlos Gonzalez 2009 .285
86 79 Wilmer Difo 2015 .141
87 78 Josh Harrison 2011 .236
88 78 Jim Gallagher 2009 .000 DNP
89 78 Bryan Petersen 2009 .000 DNP
90 78 Brent Morel 2010 .222
91 78 Carlos Triunfel 2013 .118
92 78 Tim Wheeler 2011 .000 DNP
93 78 Zach Collier 2014 .000 DNP
94 78 Ryan Brett 2015 .575
95 78 Jarred Ball 2006 .000 DNP
96 78 Evan Frey 2009 .000 DNP
97 78 Mitch Einertson 2009 .000 DNP
98 78 Jeremy Baltz 2014 .000 DNP
99 78 Daniel Fields 2014 .000 DNP
100 78 Ben Guez 2010 .000 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .262 .279 .548 .307
11 vs R (Multi) .286 .324 .400 .244
18 Split (Multi) .024 .045 -.148 -.063
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.010 -.021 -.029 -.017
30 vs L (2016) .262 .279 .548 .307
31 vs R (2016) .286 .324 .400 .244
38 Split (2016) .024 .045 -.148 -.063
39 LgAvg (2016) -.008 -.018 -.027 -.016

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2017 Due to publishing agreements, the 2017 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2017 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2016 The no. 6 overall selection in the 2012 draft should reach Triple-A this year at 22 despite zero professional seasons with double-digit homers. He earned his way there with doubles pop and superior defensive chops. While his prospect star has degraded a touch, Almora could still make the leap into the majors as soon as this season, though likely not as an every-day starter. He maintains a solid contact rate and good speed (despite little activity in his SB column), but he will need to make continued adjustments at the plate. For fantasy owners looking to build a roster of outfield prospects, know that Almora's real-life value is likely to far outstrip his roto performance.
2015 Don't make the mistake of scouting Almora's 2014 stat line and assuming he failed. There are two things that can't be questioned: He plays some of the best center-field defense in the minors and his makeup is off the charts. His extreme confidence could rub some the wrong way, but it is admired in a baseball clubhouse. Almora is a very aggressive hitter with innate contact skills who had rarely struggled before posting an ugly .241/.264/.317 line in his first 62 games at Daytona. The Cubs' development staff took the opportunity to work with him on his approach, imploring him not to channel a young Josh Vitters and swing at anything he can reach. Armed with a better plan of attack and a slight mechanical adjustment, Almora mashed to a .988 OPS in his last 27 games at High-A before being promoted. He might never take walks, but many scouts believe in Almora's hit tool and trust that, in addition to his glove and leadership, he'll do enough with the bat to have a successful big-league career.
2014 Almora overcame a series of nagging injuries during his first full season to display the wide-ranging tools, feel and makeup that place him among the gameís brightest prospects. Heís an outstanding center fielder, with an accurate arm and uncanny instincts that make up for average straight-line speed. At the plate, Almora waits for his pitch and attacks it, making consistent loud contact and showing the potential to hit for a high average with shipfuls of doubles and 20-plus home runs at his peak. If there are any concerns, they center on his health and an aggressive approach that might be exploited by more experienced pitchers, although few doubt heíll make needed adjustments as he climbs the organizational ladder. The kidís seemingly good at everything, so expect Almora to be the best pure hitter, fielder, baserunner, seed spitter, balky chainsaw starter and Mario Kart player on any team thatís lucky enough to have him.
2013 The first draft pick of the Theo Epstein era is a good indication the Cubs aren't trying to rush their plans. Almora's tools project to be average to plus across the board: He has the potential to be a strong defensive outfielder and his swing projects to deliver power as he fills out. Almora is more than just a collection of tools, as he shows tremendous feel for the game, which could not only help his physical gifts reach their projections, but could push them beyond expectations.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2016-04-21 19:00:00 (link to chat)You're Theo Hoyer. If Albert Almora proves he can hit in AAA this year and Fowler has a year like last year (or better given his hot start), what's your move?
(tomshipley75 from Chicago)
Give Dexter a QO, negotiate with him in free agency, but assume that Almora's your guy unless you can get another discount on Fowler. (Mike Gianella)
2016-01-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the prospect list. Is this a list made with a heavier weight put on offence than defence (Fantasy angle) or is this list based on probability of making an overall impact in the major leagues? A couple of things stuck out when going through the list. Most notably, the inclusion of Albert Almora at #83 and the decision to not include Jomar Reyes who i've seen as high as #50 on some lists. Almora's defence is amazing but I can't help but think that he will be no better than average offensively (Poor man's Pillar?). Did the late in the season offensive surge from Almora put him back on the top 100 list? Thanks for taking my questions.
(fightingmoose from Manitoba, Canada)
We have a separate fantasy 101, so letís clear that up right now. This is based on major league value. Almora has incredible instincts in the field and could be a premium defender. Admittedly, there was a healthy debate surrounding him as we formed the list, and perhaps heís worthy of a supplemental piece next week (weíll be rolling out content all week). Iím a huge fan of Jomar Reyes and really believe in the bat. If you buy into his ability to stick at third base, getting aggressive with him makes sense. Our group had some concerns about his ability to do that, as well as the track record only taking him as far as Low-A - granted, at a young age. The issue is that if heís, say a 50 hit/60 power guy at first base, how valuable is that? Obviously at the hot corner, thatís a huge boon. Ultimately, heís another one of the just missed guys, so you should see come content coming on him as well, and heís one of my favorites to jump up this list in the coming season. (Top 101 Chat with Craig Goldstein)
2016-01-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)Albert Almora....do you think the late surge in AA last year is the true Albert, or the 1 1/2 years of weak contact prior to then?
(Q-Ball from Chicago)
copout to say somewhere in between? I don't doubt his progress, but I don't know that it sustains at that level. (Top 101 Chat with Craig Goldstein)
2015-09-30 19:00:00 (link to chat)Better career: Billy McKinney or Albert Almora?
(JB from Iowa)
Albert Almora but by a margin that is much thinner than most imagined a year ago. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)With reports floating around that the Cubs have inquired on David Price, is there any way a deal could get done without including anyone from the big league roster? Torres / McKinney enough to headline a deal?
(cowboy2024 from Chicago)
I think it's possible, although I think it would take more than those two to be the headliners. A lot depends on what the Tigers scouts think of those guys as well as Albert Almora (whose stock has dropped but I still like) and C.J. Edwards. If you're counting Javier Baez or Arismendy Alcantara as minor leaguers despite their lack of rookie eligibility, my magic 8-ball says yes. (Mike Gianella)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Albert Almora? People seem to be down on him but he has elite OF defense and is still only 21 and playing in AA.
(Rob from Chicago)
I still like him and think that people are giving up on the bat too soon. That being said, he might need to repeat at AA given the age and some of the adjustments I'm hearing he needs to make. (Mike Gianella)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)Who has a better major league career Albert Almora or Arismendy Alcantara?
(BNer Chip from Wrigleyville)
Almora. (Mike Gianella)
2015-07-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm REALLY down on Albert Almora. There's just nothing there to be impressed with. Am I wrong? Finish this sentence: In 2017, Albert Almora will be ________.
(JonKneeV from Indy)
Can't blame you, unfortunately. He's a really good kid, but the results just haven't been there, and in fact the tools have regressed the past two years. He's probably nothing more than a 4th outfielder by 2017. (Christopher Crawford)
2014-12-16 19:00:00 (link to chat)If one player would be Arnold's character (Dutch) from Predator, who would it be? Who would be Carl Weather's character (Dillion)? Who would be the lithe S. American woman/prisoner?
(richardkr34 from Minneapolis, MN)
I'll give Byron Buxton the nod as Dutch. He's that type of talent who can control the game and outsmart even the most lethal of hunters in the Universe. Mookie Betts is Dillon for me. Initially, I was just lukewarm on Betts, much like the viewer is with Dillon at the beginning of Predator, especially after he uses Dutch's team to "get the job done." I didn't really trust it with Betts at first, but like Dillon by the end you are fully on board. As for the S. American woman, I am thinking Albert Almora. The performance hasn't really matched the tools, kind of like how she pretended she didn't know English and was holding back, but made it to the chopper and ended up beating everyone's expectations by surviving. That's a compliment for Almora as I'm big on him being a good major-leaguer. (Top 10s Chat With Chris Mellen)
2015-01-05 15:00:00 (link to chat)I know you are possibly the highest on him out of the BP Staff, but are people sleeping on Billy McKinney? The defense isn't anything to write home about, but how do you see his bat/approach playing in the high minors and ultimately the Show?
(Aaron from New Orleans)
The defense isnít terrible. Heís doesnít have the straight-line speed to handle CF for very long in the majors, but he was still playing it while he was with Oakland until he was bumped to RF with the Cubs in favor of Albert Almora. Heís got more of a LF arm, but his range there should be above-average.

Iím definitely higher on McKinney than most and some scouts (including some of our own guys) question whether or not he has the bat speed to catch up to inside fastballs, but I donít have those concerns. I really like the swing and pure hit tool and while he probably wonít hit for a ton of power, 15 home runs, strong on-base skills and above-average defense make for a pretty good LF. (Jeff Moore)
2014-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)How many of your NL Central Top 25 do you expect to make it on the top 100 list when BP publishes it? Average would be around 16 or 17 assuming talent is evenly distributed, right?
(Mike from Texas)
I did say I'd throw a top 25 NL Central Prospects list out there during this chat. With the understanding this is a work in progress (Mellen and I are starting to dig in on the framework for the Top 101), this is my own personal ranking of the prospects covered in our NL Central rankings:

1. SS Addison Russell
2. 3B Kris Bryant
3. RHP Robert Stephenson
4. OF Jorge Soler
5. OF Albert Almora
6. OF Stephen Piscotty
7. LHP Marco Gonzales
8. RHP Tyler Glasnow
9. RHP Jameson Taillon
10. OF Jesse Winker
11. OF/1B Josh Bell
12. RHP Alex Reyes
13. C Kyle Schwarber
14. RHP Michael Lorenzen
15. SS Orlando Arcia
16. OF Tyrone Taylor
17. OF Billy McKinney
18. RHP Pierce Johnson
19. SS Gleyber Torres
20. RHP Jack Flaherty
21. OF Yorman Rodriguez
22. C Reese McGuire
23. RHP Nick Howard
24. RHP Devin Williams
25. LHP Rob Kaminsky

I think all of those guys will be in the discussion for the 101, and expect there to be some shuffling in order of course. Definitely more than the average of 16 or 17. (NL Central Top 10s With Nick Faleris)
2014-12-11 18:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for chatting, Mark! Friend of mine who lives in Florida and sees loads of GCL & FSL games opined that Albert Almora and Magneuris Sierra were the two best defensive centerfielders he'd seen in several years -- though he also took pains to mention that for whatever reason Juan Lagares was playing primarily LF when he passed through the Sunshine State. Have you heard similar reports on Sierra and Almora?
(Milo Satinsky from Chevy Chase, Md.)
I have heard similar things. Both Almora and Sierra are instinctual defenders that make covering center field look easy. Sierra is a little more explosive as a player, but what Almora lacks in explosiveness he makes up for in polish and all-around ability. Both players have a chance to be exciting Major Leaguers. (Mark Anderson)
2014-11-04 18:00:00 (link to chat)What is a realistic role for Albert Almora? Does he have the upside to supplant Arismendy Alcantara (all things considered)?
(Jay from S IN)
Almora could be a Role 6 player at his peak. the Defensive profile is going to be impressive in the middle of the diamond, and while the offensive approach is aggressive, I think he has the chops to hit and hit for some good gap power long term. I think he'll be a better player overall than Alcantara. (Mark Anderson)
2014-10-03 11:00:00 (link to chat)I know minor league stats aren't everything, but Albert Almora didn't have the impressive numbers last season that other Cubs prospects did. Is his stock dropping at all or is he just as valuable an asset as he was heading into 2014?
(brewdrown from Chicago)
I'm going to answer this because I feel bad ignoring a question even when I don't know the answer, but I'm going to say: I don't know. I wish I did know, but my information would all be second- and third-hand and I'd probably bollocks something up in trying to translate what I've heard into my own words.

Jordan Gorosh is scheduled for a chat next Thursday and I think these prospect questions would be perfect for him. (Jason Wojciechowski)
2014-09-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who has a better chance of playing CF for the Cubs in the future, Albert Almora or Arismendy Alcantara?
(DR70095 from NC)
Wrong chat, sorry. (Joshua Kusnick)
2014-08-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)I have a bunch of young, far away OFs on my dynasty team. Who has the highest ceiling? Who do you think makes an impact first? Gabby Guerrero, Justin Williams, Manuel Margot, Albert Almora. Any have the chance to be a fantasy star?
(Brian from ma)
Highest ceiling, Guerrero. I don't think any are fantasy stars, but of the ones listed Guerrero/Williams have the chance. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-07-22 15:00:00 (link to chat)Why is Albert Almora so highly regarded as a prospect?
(Brian from Florida )
Outstanding fielder. Good bat to ball. Some bat speed. Can hit for power. Really good makeup/clubhouse guy. He's a CF all the way with the ability to hit .280 with some power; what's not to like? (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-07-07 11:00:00 (link to chat)How close were Jorge Soler or Albert Almora to making the list? And where does the Cubs minor league system now rank in the league with the addition of Addison Russel?
(Brian from Jacksonville, IL)
Almora made the list. (Jason Parks on the Top 50)
2014-07-07 11:00:00 (link to chat)Albert Almora has 10 walks in half a season. Please tell me things will get better with him.
(John from Chicago)
I care more about how players hit in the low minors than how often they walk. (Jason Parks on the Top 50)
2014-07-03 19:00:00 (link to chat)Is there a minor league position player whose tools you love, but is not showing up in the stat line yet?
(Joe Random from San Jose)
Clint Frazier is giving me a sad right now. Albert Almora is coming around but he's still not there yet production wise. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you make of Albert Almora's season? Safe to assume he will spend the entire year in Daytona?
(Gary from Kane County)
Don't know if he will, but he should. The tools and ability are there but the approach is not. He's going to need his at-bats. (Jeff Moore)
2014-05-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)It's early, but at what point do you get concerned with the Cubs farm system taking a step back, development-wise? Bryant is really the only prospect that's performing well. Alcantara's performance has slipped, Pierce Johnson has been hurt and has had control issues, CJ Edwards started strong and then got hurt, Jorge Soler has been banged up and Albert Almora started slow. I'm not on the ledge, I know it's early... but, uh, make me feel better.
(TulaneCubs from Chicago)
Let's see...player development isn't linear, many of those guys are young for their level...and there are other 'lesser' names that have done nicely (Hannemann, Tseng...although he just had a start cx'd but I think he's fine) (Harry Pavlidis)
2014-03-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Just checking on your opinion of Albert Almora. I noticed on a question above that you have Alcantara/Baez for 2B/3B and Bryant in right field w/ CF and LF not there yet. Are you not as high as him as other scouts?
(Nate from Indy)
No, that's my mistake; not sure how I forgot about Almora. He's absolutely the CF of the future. I blame the Cubs for having too many prospects for me to keep track of. (Ronit Shah)
2014-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you concur with the recent glowing reports on Albert Almora and Sean Manaea?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
100 percent yes. (Jeff Moore)
2014-02-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for doing the chat, Mauricio. Could you rank these OF based on offensive production five years from now - Christian Yelich, Gregory Polanco, Albert Almora, Clint Frazier, David Dahl.
(Luke from Schenectady)
Yellich - Frazier - Dahl - Almora - Polanco, but I think it's tight. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)Is Vogelbach strictly a trade chip for the Cubs? Also, ETA on Almora?
(Jack from Chicago)
I'm afraid to answer any Vogelbach questions without angering my colleague Bret Sayre. These situations tend to work themselves out; remember how people used to wring their hands about Ryan Howard in Philadelphia when Jim Thome was locked in? I suppose the Cubs could move him, but it would take a lot.

My educated guess on Albert Almora would be 2015. (Mike Gianella)
2014-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Albert Almora seems like a decent all-around player. How does he look for fantasy purposes?
(captnamerca from dunedin FL)
He looks good. I think he gets underrated a bit but that he could be a 20/20 guy with a good average, in due time. (Craig Goldstein)
2013-11-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is a .315/.360/.485 slash line with 20+ HR and 20+ SB seem like a potential season for Albert Almora in his prime? Thanks for the chat Jason!
(Kevin from Kansas City)
I think Almora is going to be a very good major league player, but I don't see a .315 average (that's extremely impressive) and I don't see 20 SBs. He's a fringe-average runner at best, and even though he has a ton of instincts and run the bases well, I don't see 20 SBs at the highest level. 20 HR might be a stretch as well, although sources are mixed on his long term power potential. Personally, I see Almora as a .285+ bat with a good approach and 30+ doubles potential with some (10-15) HR potential all from a premium spot defensively. That's a first-division talent. (Jason Parks)
2013-10-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Since coming back from a broken hamate bone, Albert Almora has been displaying #rig all over the yard, and continued into the AFL. How much stock should we put into his early success in the AFL?
(Biscuits from Cali)
I don't put a lot of stock in AFL performances, but I don't discredit/ignore them either. #Rig might not be the best meme descriptor for Almora, as some of the scouting reports on him suggest he might play a little softer than you might assume. But he's a role 6 for me, and a top 20 prospect in the game. (Jason Parks)
2013-09-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you compare/contract Jackie Bradley, Jr. and Albert Almora? They sound similar both offensively and defensively.
(Bill from Chicago)
I think Almora has the higher ceiling. His raw tools are a little louder than Bradley's. I like both players and think both will be very good everyday big leaguers, but I think Almora ends up a little better long term. (Mark Anderson)
2013-09-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Could Albert Almora see MLB in 2014? Is he a 15/30 guy in his prime?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
No. He could see the majors in 2015 if everything progresses smoothly. (Jason Parks)
2013-07-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)Does Albert Almora have plus power potential? Or is he more of a high batting average guy with little power?
(Shawn from Office)
I think Almora is a smart hitter who will have a high batting average, and provide ~20 HR year. Almora is a very good player and knows how to play the game the correct way. I really believe in him. (Zach Mortimer)
2013-07-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for stopping by Jason! Just how good could my future outfield be headlined by Albert Almora and Jorge Soler?
(Theo Epstein from Chicago)
This good (points to naked, oiled up physique) (Jason Parks)
2013-05-30 13:30:00 (link to chat)Hi Mark! I drafted Jackie Bradley Jr., Albert Almora, and Jorge Soler in my keeper league draft. Can I get excited about my future outfield? Thanks!
(Jason from Toronto)
Absolutely, Jason. That's an impressive trio to have on your roster. Bradley and Almora are relatively low-risk guys and Soler offers arguably the highest ceiling but also the most risk. It's a group of quality players. (Mark Anderson)
2013-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat! I was wondering how so many scouts can be so high on a player, even if he has great tools, when he is unable to draw walks. One such player who comes to mind is Albert Almora.
(Jeff from Boston)
The rest of the tools just have to be really, really good. Walks are just part of a formula (lowercase f, not an actual formula) of how good a player is going to be. They really help, but I guess you can get around it if you have great other skills. (Zachary Levine)
2013-02-25 11:00:00 (link to chat)You seem to really love Addison Russell but you still have Albert Almora four spots higher. What gives Almora the edge?
(Ben from SF)
I like them both. Four spots doesn't really mean much. I might put Russell higher today; Almora higher tomorrow. (Jason Parks on the Top 101 Prospects)
2013-01-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Mr.Levine,can you put thes guys in order??Jose Fernandez...Salvador Perez...Albert Almora..Jorge Solar...Kyle Zimmer...Noah Syndergaaud...Allen Webster...Alen Hanson...Gregory Palanco..Aaron Sanchez...Andrew Heaney...Kevin Gausman..Addison Russell....Kyle Crick...Sean Manaea...Clint Frazier...Ryne Stanek... Thanks John
(John from Boston)
I sort of feel like this is a riddle to see if I can figure out what this list even is. What is this list? I'll go with Salvador (Sal(vy)) Perez and then the rest just for the present. (Zachary Levine)
2013-01-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Dan,can you put these guys in order.....Jose Fernandez,Albert Almora,Solar,Zimmer,Syndergaard,Hedges,Andrew Heaney,Salvador Perez,Allen Webster,Aaron Sanchez and Dan Straily....thanks
(John from Boston)
Hey, John.

Sheesh, that's a lot of names. From a fantasy standpoint, and based on what I've read, I'd probably want to own Fernandez and Sanchez. I'm probably not qualified to put the others in order, so I'd suggest asking a member of our prospect team. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-12-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's your take on Cubs prospect Albert Almora? He seems to be pretty polished for an 18 year old. What kind of every day major leaguer do you expect him to be in the future? Carlos Beltran-like?
(Bobby from Chicago)
I'll use this to plead that I know very little on the prospect side, so I will plead the fifth on this. However, in general, as a developmentalist, may I say that I am astonished by how mis-understood development (in all senses of that word) is mis-undestood between the ages of 18-24. (Russell Carleton)


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