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2018 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 24)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
28 .269 1 3 3 0 .247 0.0
Birth Date4-16-1994
Height6' 2"
Weight190 lbs
Age24 years, 5 months, 4 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2014
2015
0.72016
1.52017
1.32018
+proj
WARP Summary

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 1.6 0.7
2017 CHN 23 132 323 299 39 89 18 1 8 133 19 53 0 2 3 46 1 0 .298 .338 .445 .268 15.9 -1.2 1.5
2018 CHN 24 143 462 427 60 121 24 1 5 162 24 82 3 6 2 35 1 3 .283 .322 .379 .252 10.0 2.3 1.3
Career32290283811324151316346481553859523.288.326.413.26031.02.73.5

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.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
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 2.7 -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 2.1 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 12.6 -0.7 14.9 2.9 14.9 2.9
2014 DAY A+ 89 385 .254 .253 .317 .366 .249 .305 101 -2.6 11.3 0.9 5.9 0.9 10.5 1.7 10.5 1.7
2014 TEN AA 36 144 .212 .259 .329 .385 .269 .267 103 -7.1 4.0 0.3 -2.1 -0.1 -3.0 -0.5 -3.0 -0.5
2015 TEN AA 106 452 .271 .258 .329 .377 .268 .291 98 5.1 12.1 -0.5 3.2 1.2 17.8 2.3 17.8 2.3
2016 CHN MLB 47 117 .267 .262 .327 .430 .274 .315 91 0.9 3.3 0.1 1.6 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 0.5 3.8 22.5 2.4 22.5 2.4
2017 CHN MLB 132 323 .268 .258 .327 .432 .269 .338 99 2.5 9.4 0.7 -1.2 3.2 15.9 1.5 15.9 1.5
2018 CHN MLB 143 462 .252 .245 .314 .401 .261 .335 100 -3.7 12.9 1.1 2.3 -0.3 10.0 1.3 10.0 1.3

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 2.7 -0.0
2012 CUB Rk 80 18 26 5 1 1 13 2 8 5 1 .347 .362 .480 .133 .353 11.7 2.1 1.3
2013 KNC A 272 39 82 17 4 3 23 17 30 4 4 .329 .376 .466 .137 .286 14.9 12.6 2.9
2014 TEN AA 144 20 33 7 2 2 10 2 23 0 1 .234 .250 .355 .121 .212 -3.0 -2.1 -0.5
2014 DAY A+ 385 55 104 20 2 7 50 12 46 6 3 .283 .306 .406 .123 .254 10.5 5.9 1.7
2015 TEN AA 452 69 110 26 4 6 46 32 47 8 4 .272 .327 .400 .128 .271 17.8 3.2 2.3
2016 CHN MLB 117 14 31 9 1 3 14 5 20 0 0 .277 .308 .455 .179 .267 5.2 1.6 0.7
2016 IOW AAA 336 46 97 18 3 4 43 9 44 10 3 .303 .317 .416 .113 .285 22.5 0.5 2.4
2017 CHN MLB 323 39 89 18 1 8 46 19 53 1 0 .298 .338 .445 .147 .268 15.9 -1.2 1.5
2018 CHN MLB 462 60 121 24 1 5 35 24 82 1 3 .283 .322 .379 .096 .252 10.0 2.3 1.3

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
2017 1112 0.4856 0.5081 0.7522 0.6537 0.3706 0.8754 0.5472 0.2478 0 0.000000
2018 1532 0.4602 0.5320 0.7509 0.6865 0.4002 0.8740 0.5710 0.2491 0 0.000000
Career30380.4730.51940.75290.66720.38690.87160.56910.247100

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
2018 CHN $584,500
2017 CHN $552,000
2016 CHN $
YearsDescriptionSalary
1 yrPrevious$552,000
2018Current$584,500
2 yrPvs + Cur$1,136,500
2 yrTotal$1,136,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 y 73 dBoras Corp.1 year/$0.5845M (2018)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.5845M (2018). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/18.
  • 1 year (2017). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/17.
  • 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).

2018 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 527 67 152 32 3 15 65 29 78 5 2 .310 .350 .480 .285 23.6 CF 0 2.4
80o 509 61 142 30 3 14 61 26 77 5 2 .300 .339 .464 .273 18.2 CF 0 1.9
70o 496 58 134 28 3 14 58 25 76 4 1 .289 .329 .454 .265 14.4 CF 0 1.5
60o 485 55 128 27 3 13 55 24 76 4 1 .283 .322 .442 .258 11.4 CF 0 1.2
50o 475 53 121 26 2 12 53 23 75 4 1 .273 .311 .421 .252 8.7 CF 0 0.9
40o 465 51 115 24 2 12 51 22 74 4 1 .264 .303 .411 .245 6.1 CF 0 0.6
30o 454 48 109 23 2 11 48 21 73 4 1 .256 .293 .397 .238 3.4 CF 0 0.3
20o 441 46 103 22 2 10 45 19 72 3 1 .249 .284 .384 .230 0.5 CF 0 0.1
10o 423 42 94 20 2 9 42 18 71 3 1 .236 .271 .363 .218 -3.4 CF 0 -0.3
Weighted Mean477541222621253237541.274.312.422.2539.2CF 01.0

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2018 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
20192545355116262145625724.278.322.449.2702.420.52.41.412.24.61.3
20202645555117262145725733.276.319.447.2682.319.82.41.312.23.91.3
20212744655116262145725723.279.322.454.2712.420.52.31.112.05.11.3
20222843553111242145524712.275.318.449.2682.118.42.21.011.73.51.2
20232941150105232135223652.276.320.450.2692.017.62.00.811.03.81.2
20243041251106232145324671.277.322.454.2712.118.62.00.711.14.81.2
2025313754695211124722610.274.319.445.2681.815.41.80.510.13.01.1
2026323554389201114521580.273.319.446.2671.714.41.70.49.52.71.0
2027333193980181104019530.272.318.445.2671.512.71.60.38.62.30.9

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 78)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 89 Odubel Herrera 2016 .293
2 86 Billy Hamilton 2015 .215
3 86 Ender Inciarte 2015 .277
4 84 Danny Santana 2015 .194
5 84 Brandon Drury 2017 .262
6 83 Felix Pie 2009 .252
7 83 Julio Borbon 2010 .228
8 83 Jake Marisnick 2015 .243
9 82 Austin Jackson 2011 .244
10 82 Jacoby Ellsbury 2008 .250
11 81 Ryan Sweeney 2009 .266
12 81 Josh Barfield 2007 .211
13 80 Dave Sappelt 2011 .228
14 80 Cheslor Cuthbert 2017 .221
15 80 Charlie Blackmon 2011 .191
16 80 Alcides Escobar 2011 .235
17 80 Didi Gregorius 2014 .244
18 80 Kolten Wong 2015 .259
19 80 Ben Revere 2012 .242
20 80 Carlos Gonzalez 2010 .331
21 80 Anthony Gose 2015 .248
22 79 Peter Bourjos 2011 .278
23 79 Gary Brown 2013 .000 DNP
24 79 Alejandro De Aza 2008 .000 DNP
25 79 Freddy Galvis 2014 .215
26 79 Gerardo Parra 2011 .280
27 78 Matt Szczur 2014 .217
28 78 Juan Lagares 2013 .232
29 78 Dexter Fowler 2010 .265
30 78 Jon Jay 2009 .000 DNP
31 78 Giovanny Urshela 2016 .000 DNP
32 78 Blake DeWitt 2010 .266
33 78 Todd Cunningham 2013 .150
34 78 Tyler Goeddel 2017 .000 DNP
35 78 Enrique Hernandez 2016 .240
36 78 Mallex Smith 2017 .262
37 78 Yolmer Sanchez 2016 .210
38 78 Tyler Pastornicky 2014 .222
39 78 Eddie Rosario 2016 .248
40 77 Delino DeShields 2017 .249
41 77 Matt Dominguez 2014 .212
42 77 Yuniesky Betancourt 2006 .243
43 77 Steve Lombardozzi 2013 .226
44 77 Franklin Gutierrez 2007 .270
45 77 Ben Gamel 2016 .236
46 77 DJ LeMahieu 2013 .228
47 77 Kevin Kiermaier 2014 .283
48 77 Charlie Tilson 2017 .000 DNP
49 77 Luis Valbuena 2010 .199
50 77 Michael Brantley 2011 .250
51 77 Willy Taveras 2006 .240
52 77 Gregory Polanco 2016 .276
53 77 Zack Granite 2017 .201
54 77 Nate McLouth 2006 .233
55 76 Wilmer Flores 2016 .305
56 76 Brandon Guyer 2010 .000 DNP
57 76 Josh Reddick 2011 .281
58 76 Nate Schierholtz 2008 .291
59 76 Josh Harrison 2012 .238
60 76 Dalton Pompey 2017 .000 DNP
61 76 Matt Murton 2006 .274
62 76 Christian Bethancourt 2016 .220
63 76 Roman Quinn 2017 .000 DNP
64 76 Blake Swihart 2016 .247
65 76 Brian Anderson 2006 .230
66 76 Scooter Gennett 2014 .271
67 76 Engel Beltre 2014 .000 DNP
68 76 Michael Saunders 2011 .163
69 76 Rob Brantly 2014 .000 DNP
70 76 Kendrys Morales 2007 .268
71 76 Ben Francisco 2006 .000 DNP
72 76 James Loney 2008 .267
73 76 Xavier Paul 2009 .315
74 76 Kyle Wren 2015 .000 DNP
75 75 Adrian Gonzalez 2006 .304
76 75 Stephen Drew 2007 .239
77 75 Reymond Fuentes 2015 .000 DNP
78 75 Sean Henry 2010 .000 DNP
79 75 Willy Aybar 2007 .000 DNP
80 75 Adam Jones 2010 .258
81 75 Jae-Hoon Ha 2015 .000 DNP
82 75 Omar Quintanilla 2006 .180
83 75 Shane Costa 2006 .223
84 75 Desmond Jennings 2011 .291
85 75 Lonnie Chisenhall 2013 .251
86 75 David Lough 2010 .000 DNP
87 75 Jose Iglesias 2014 .000 DNP
88 75 Aaron Hicks 2014 .243
89 75 Kelly Johnson 2006 .000 DNP
90 75 Shaun Cumberland 2009 .000 DNP
91 75 Willie Cabrera 2011 .000 DNP
92 75 Gorkys Hernandez 2012 .210
93 75 Chih-Hsien Chiang 2012 .000 DNP
94 75 Matt Miller 2007 .000 DNP
95 75 Ruben Gotay 2007 .263
96 75 Xavier Avery 2014 .000 DNP
97 75 John Shelby 2010 .000 DNP
98 75 Alexi Amarista 2013 .226
99 75 Jamie Hoffmann 2009 .201
100 75 Socrates Brito 2017 .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
2018 Due to publishing agreements, the 2018 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2018 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2017 Almora was sold, all the way up the system, as an elite defender with superb bat-to-ball skills, 80-grade makeup and little patience for such trivialities as walks. He arrived on the big-league scene in 2016 and that’s pretty much exactly what he was. Unless he can separate his OBP more noticeably from his AVG, or add a little pop, he’ll probably be stuck where his glove is too good to keep off the field but his bat might have to sit at the bottom of a lineup. That can work, on strong teams, but it’s a hard profile to maintain and certainly a difficult one to get offensive reps in. Almora has a big-league future, but his plate discipline will go a long way toward determining what kind.
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 games brightest prospects. Hes 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 hell make needed adjustments as he climbs the organizational ladder. The kids 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 thats 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
2017-08-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Albert Almora,above-avg regular lurking in there with the ability to add good value with his glove or more of a platoon/4th OF guy?
(Matt from Chicago)
My piece today on the site helps shape my answer. I think he can be both, really, a guy whose skill set will make him well-suited to certain situations and poorly suited to others. I do think both glove and bat will be avg-plus for MLB center fielders at his peak. (Matthew Trueblood)
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 let's 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 he's worthy of a supplemental piece next week (we'll be rolling out content all week). I'm 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 he's, say a 50 hit/60 power guy at first base, how valuable is that? Obviously at the hot corner, that's a huge boon. Ultimately, he's another one of the just missed guys, so you should see come content coming on him as well, and he's 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 isn't terrible. He's doesn't 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. He's got more of a LF arm, but his range there should be above-average.

I'm 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 don't have those concerns. I really like the swing and pure hit tool and while he probably won't 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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