Albert Almora
Albert Almora
24-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Chicago Cubs
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $584,500 contract with the Cubs in March of 2018.
Starting in Game 1 Saturday
OFChicago Cubs
September 8, 2018
Almora is starting in center field and batting fifth in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Nationals.
With Jason Heyward nursing a hamstring issue, Almora and Ian Happ are both starting in Game 1, with Ben Zobrist filling the final outfield spot. Almora has spent most of the year splitting time with Happ in center, but Heyward's injury opens up more playing time for all the Cubs' outfielders at the moment.
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Since 2016
Since 2016vs Left .838 302 45 7 32 1 .316 .369 .469
Since 2016vs Right .694 596 68 9 63 1 .275 .306 .388
2018vs Left .784 134 22 1 10 0 .311 .358 .426
2018vs Right .676 324 38 4 25 1 .276 .311 .365
2017vs Left .898 125 18 4 16 1 .342 .411 .486
2017vs Right .711 198 21 4 30 0 .271 .291 .420
2016vs Left .827 43 5 2 6 0 .262 .279 .548
2016vs Right .724 74 9 1 8 0 .286 .324 .400
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Since 2016Home .790 413 53 8 54 1 .304 .345 .445
Since 2016Away .701 485 60 8 41 1 .277 .312 .389
2018Home .750 220 31 3 16 1 .294 .342 .408
2018Away .668 238 29 2 19 0 .279 .308 .360
2017Home .955 142 20 4 33 0 .364 .394 .561
2017Away .645 181 19 4 13 1 .246 .292 .353
2016Home .501 51 2 1 5 0 .184 .216 .286
2016Away .966 66 12 2 9 0 .349 .379 .587
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Retreats to bench
OFChicago Cubs
August 27, 2018
Almora is not in the lineup Monday against the Mets.
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Batting ninth Sunday
OFChicago Cubs
August 26, 2018
Almora is starting in center field and batting ninth in Sunday's game against the Reds.
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On bench Saturday
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August 25, 2018
Almora is not in the lineup versus Cincinnati on Saturday.
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Not in Thursday's lineup
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August 23, 2018
Almora is out of the lineup versus Cincinnati on Thursday.
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Out of lineup again Sunday
OFChicago Cubs
August 19, 2018
Almora is out of the lineup against the Pirates on Sunday.
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