Future Watch: Albert Almora, Baseball Rookie Cards, Cubs – Albert Almora is a talented outfielder. The Chicago Cubs drafted him in the first round of the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft. Earlier this season, while playing for Iowa, the Cubs AAA affiliate he had four home runs, 43 runs batted in, and hit .303 with 97 hits in just 80 games. That’s the best way to get promoted. Just dominate the level your at and if there’s no place else to send you then you wait.
In early June, the Cubs called him up for a stint. He was replacing an injured player which is the way it usually happens for young prospects. So far, in his first 37 games in the Windy City the Florida-born player has two home runs, 11 runs batted in with seven doubles. Considering he’s playing at the highest level that’s a great start.
At 6′-2″, 190lbs., he has the right measurables to have a terrific major league career. He’s good at the plate, solid on the base paths and he hasn’t made an error yet since he’s been promoted.
At just 22 years old, he has that clutch ability as well. On September 11th his two-run single turned out be a big hit to help propel the Cubs to a win. Will he sneak on the playoff roster? It depends how he looks for the rest of the regular season.
Albert Almora has a rookie autograph card in 2016 Bowman Chrome Baseball, card number #BCAR-AA. Almora also has a beautiful autographed card in 2016 Topps Chrome Baseball.
However, his earliest cards date back to 2009. He was featured prominently in that year’s USA Baseball Set from Upper Deck. At the time he was playing for the 16 and under National team. His first Bowman Chrome Prospect Autograph came in 2012. Another popular card of Almora’s from that same year are his autographs from 2012 Donruss Elite Extra Edition.
According to his MLB.com draft profile:
Though he barrels balls easily and delivers line drives all over the field, Almora is extremely aggressive at the plate and more advanced pitchers have used that against him. He’s a career .294 hitter through three pro seasons, but he rarely walks (.322 on-base percentage) and hasn’t been able to tap into his average raw power (.424 slugging). If he can develop a more patient approach, he could become a .280 hitter with 15 homers per year at the big league level.
Here’s a look at his sweet swing:
The past few seasons have seen the Cubs promote some very talented prospects and Almora seems to be yet another.
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