Albert Almora Jr.
Albert Almora Jr.
25-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Chicago Cubs
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Almora bolstered his playing time through top-shelf defense, ranking among Statcast's top 10 outfielders with 11 outs above average in 2018. However, Almora failed to fully capitalize, slumping in the second half to a .232/.267/.280 line. Look away: Almora had a 1% barrel rate last season, ranking 371st out of 390 players with 100 batted-ball events, and his groundball rate ticked up again to 50.7%. Now close to 25 years old, the former prospect can still add power if he builds muscle or overhauls his approach, and he'll remain a candidate to lead off, at least against left-handers, but stolen bases are nowhere to be found. Almora offers a better floor than many names in deeper leagues given his defense and decent contact skills (17.3 K% last season), but many in his range offer greater upside. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $584,500 contract with the Cubs in March of 2018.
Takes seat Sunday
OFChicago Cubs
May 26, 2019
Almora is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Reds.
ANALYSIS
Almora started 15 of the last 16 games in center field, but receives a day off after slashing .293/.328/.569 with four homers in that span. Kris Bryant slides out to right field Sunday, pushing Jason Heyward to center.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
7
1
13
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
9
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+8%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+45%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+8%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+26%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .774 318 45 7 32 1 .297 .350 .424
Since 2017vs Right .715 645 78 12 74 3 .281 .312 .403
2019vs Left .565 49 4 2 5 0 .191 .224 .340
2019vs Right .818 112 18 4 14 2 .297 .343 .475
2018vs Left .742 144 23 1 11 0 .295 .340 .402
2018vs Right .684 335 39 4 30 1 .282 .315 .369
2017vs Left .898 125 18 4 16 1 .342 .411 .486
2017vs Right .711 198 21 4 30 0 .271 .291 .420
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+22%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+6%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+15%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+48%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .812 448 60 11 64 2 .308 .347 .465
Since 2017Away .668 515 63 8 42 2 .268 .306 .362
2019Home .715 79 9 4 11 1 .233 .263 .452
2019Away .759 82 13 2 8 1 .293 .346 .413
2018Home .754 227 31 3 20 1 .298 .345 .409
2018Away .654 252 31 2 21 0 .275 .303 .352
2017Home .955 142 20 4 33 0 .364 .394 .561
2017Away .645 181 19 4 13 1 .246 .292 .353
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Stat Review
How does Albert Almora Jr. compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 100 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.31
 
BB Rate
5.0%
 
K Rate
16.1%
 
BABIP
.284
 
ISO
.169
 
AVG
.264
 
OBP
.306
 
SLG
.432
 
OPS
.738
 
wOBA
.319
 
Exit Velocity
87.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
33.3%
 
Barrels/PA
3.8%
 
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Almora is a former top prospect who hit at an above-average level in his age-23 season (103 wRC+), but he benefitted from limited exposure to right-handed pitching. He did most of his damage against lefties, slashing .342/.411/.486 against southpaws compared to .271/.291/.420 against righties. Almora is a plus defender in center field and Jon Jay is a free agent this winter, but a competing team like the Cubs may be inclined to keep Almora on the short side of a platoon rather than deploy him in the everyday lineup and let him learn on the job. While he makes consistent contact, Almora doesn't walk much, the power is middling (.147 ISO) and he doesn't run. There will be some appeal if Almora works his way into a more regular role, but the interest will probably be greater than is warranted given the inherent optimism of such a large fanbase. If he sticks in a platoon role, Almora remains merely a deep-mixed and NL-only option.
Almora spent a significant portion of his 2016 campaign at Triple-A Iowa, where he put together one of his best performances in the upper levels of the Cubs' minor league system. He was young for the level as a 22 years old, and he continued to show a developing hit tool despite the lack of a discerning eye at the plate (2.7 percent walk rate at Iowa, 4.3 percent with the Cubs). If the Cubs turned him loose with an everyday role, his defense alone would make him a valuable contributor. With further projection remaining in his bat, Almora still has the raw tools to emerge as a double-digit threat in home runs and stolen bases, and one with a good batting average thanks to his low strikeout rate (17.1 percent K% against MLB pitching). In order to deliver on that potential, he will need to carve out a significant share of the playing time in center field for the Cubs.
He's still just 21. You can tell yourself that if it helps. However, Almora doesn't seem to be growing like all of the other future stars in the Cubs system. While Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber got called up and contributed to the exciting season in Chicago, Almora turned in a middling performance with Double-A Tennessee. With just six home runs and eight stolen bases in 405 at-bats with the Smokies, he doesn't look like someone who will be the cornerstone of fantasy teams in the next decade, but he did significantly improve his K:BB (from 23:2 in 2014 to 47:32 last year) in Tennessee. While it is still too soon to write off Almora as a potential everyday player, he is no longer a top-100 prospect for dynasty leagues.
After a strong (but injury-filled) run with Low-A Kane County in 2013, Almora struggled a bit when he was promoted to higher levels last year. Neither the power nor the speed was much to write home about, and Almora struggled with Double-A Tennessee in particular, finishing with a 2:23 K:BB ratio and a .605 OPS in 144 at-bats. Still, he'll turn 21 in April, and he might become the top prospect in the Cubs' system once Kris Bryant is called up to Chicago. Almora is a year or two away, but he's big part of the organization's future, albeit one that still has a long way to go in order to complete his development and reach the projection that made him the sixth overall pick of the 2012 draft.
In the fantastic offensive quartet in the Cubs' system, Almora is the youngest, as he's still only entering his age-20 season. A couple of injuries limited him to only 61 games with Low-A Kane County last year, making it difficult to draw any conclusions about his progress, but he played well in the AFL, and if the doubles and triples start turning into home runs, look out. The 2012 first-rounder needs another couple of years of seasoning, but when he hits the majors, he'll be there for good.
The sixth overall pick by the Cubs in the 2012 first-year player draft, Almora is known for his plus power and plus defense. He did nothing to dispel that notion in 140 rookie and short-season at-bats, slugging .480 and .446, respectively. Almora, who will turn 19 in April, is a player to watch the next couple seasons. As one of the Cubs' top prospects, Almora is expected to make his full-season professional debut at Low-A Kane County in 2013.
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Homers and scores twice
OFChicago Cubs
May 25, 2019
Almora went 1-for-2 with a walk, a solo homer and a pair of runs scored in Saturday's win over the Reds.
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Pops grand slam in win
OFChicago Cubs
May 22, 2019
Almora went 1-for-4 with a grand slam in Wednesday's 8-4 win over the Phillies.
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Notches three hits
OFChicago Cubs
May 20, 2019
Almora went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles, a walk and two runs Sunday in the Cubs' 6-5 win over the Nationals.
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Smacks fourth homer
OFChicago Cubs
May 17, 2019
Almora went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run and two runs scored Friday against Washington.
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Goes deep in extra-inning loss
OFChicago Cubs
May 15, 2019
Almora went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Wednesday's 6-5, 10-inning loss to the Reds.
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