Albert Almora
Albert Almora
26-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Chicago Cubs
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Almora's role in the Cubs' outfield diminished greatly when the team acquired Nicholas Castellanos at the trade deadline in the midst of a season that saw Almora turn in career-worst production in a number of areas. Almora's playing time could increase this season with Castellanos a free agent, but he would need to turn things around offensively in order to cement his spot in the starting lineup. The 25-year-old hit just .236/.271/.381 with a meager 4.4 BB% last season. Although he maintained a strikeout rate right around 17%, the quality of his connections was severely lacking, with his exit velocity and hard-hit rate both ranking in the bottom 8% of the league. Almora primarily hit at the bottom of the order and finished with only 32 RBI in 130 games. Almora has extremely limited fantasy appeal due to the absence of power or speed, as well as his uncertain role in the Cubs' outfield. Read Past Outlooks
$Agreed to a one-year, $1.575 million deal with the Cubs in January of 2020.
Could work in outfield rotation
OFChicago Cubs
April 22, 2020
Almora could work in a rotation with fellow outfielders Ian Happ and Steven Souza, and all three would likely benefit if MLB adopts a universal DH for the 2020 season, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Before spring training was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic, Almora and Happ were competing for the primary role in center field, and that battle will likely continue into the regular season, whenever it is able to begin. The league has been mulling some ways to condense the schedule with games being held in just a few sites, and a universal DH idea has popped up as well. The latter development would bode well for Almora by giving him one more way to slot into the everyday lineup, but its far from certain it comes to fruition.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
1
10
5
26
6
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vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
13
1
8
5
1
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+4%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+33%
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 .728 383 51 7 35 1 .285 .338 .390
Since 2017vs Right .698 782 91 18 84 3 .268 .298 .401
2019vs Left .532 114 10 2 8 0 .213 .254 .278
2019vs Right .707 249 31 10 24 2 .247 .279 .429
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
 
 
+17%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+15%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+48%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .768 534 68 13 68 2 .291 .331 .437
Since 2017Away .658 631 74 12 51 2 .259 .294 .364
2019Home .623 165 17 6 15 1 .217 .255 .368
2019Away .675 198 24 6 17 1 .251 .284 .390
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 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 2019 data (min 400 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
0.26
 
BB Rate
4.4%
 
K Rate
17.1%
 
BABIP
.255
 
ISO
.145
 
AVG
.236
 
OBP
.271
 
SLG
.381
 
OPS
.651
 
wOBA
.281
 
Exit Velocity
86.3 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
31.0%
 
Barrels/PA
3.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Back in action Friday
OFChicago Cubs
March 6, 2020
Almora (illness) is starting in center field and batting sixth in Friday's Cactus League game against the White Sox, LaMond Pope of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Feeling sick
OFChicago Cubs
Illness
March 5, 2020
Almora isn't available for Thursday's Cactus League game against the Rangers due to an illness, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
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Homers again Sunday
OFChicago Cubs
March 1, 2020
Almora went 1-for-3 and hit his second home run of the spring in Sunday's Cactus League game against the Mariners.
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Shows off new swing
OFChicago Cubs
February 24, 2020
Almora reworked his swing over the offseason, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
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Avoids arbitration with Cubs
OFChicago Cubs
January 10, 2020
Almora agreed to a one-year, $1.575 million deal with the Cubs on Friday, avoiding arbitration, freelance baseball writer Robert Murray reports.
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