Luis Almanzar

24-Year-Old ShortstopSS
San Diego Padres A+
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There was no outlook written for Luis Almanzar in 2024. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a $4 million deal with the Padres in July of 2016.
Transferred to full-season affiliate
SSSan Diego Padres  A+
May 10, 2018
Almanzar joined Low-A Fort Wayne on Thursday, Travis Barnett of MadFriars reports.
The 18-year-old shortstop began the season at extended spring training, but he'll finally make his season debut with a full-season affiliate. Last season, Almanzar batted .230 with two homers and 21 RBI to go with 10 stolen bases in 67 games in the Northwest League.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Seen by many as the second best prospect (behind Kevin Maitan) to sign during the 2016 July 2 international signing period, Almanzar, like Maitan, has yet to statistically make good on that evaluation. Of course, he was 17 years old and the second youngest hitter in the Northwest League, so it would have been shocking if he had been even a league-average hitter. The Padres decided Almanzar could handle such an aggressive assignment, while keeping other big-name hitters from that signing class like Jeisson Rosario and Tirso Ornelas back in the AZL. Even amidst his struggles, Almanzar showed the potential for above-average power and above-average speed. It is unclear if he will be able to stick at shortstop or be forced to move to third base. He struck out 29.5 percent of the time in the NWL, so continued struggles should be expected if he is sent to the Midwest League this season. If he starts to hit, his pedigree and tools will warrant widespread dynasty-league ownership.
Entering last year's July 2 international free agent signing period, Almanzar was a consensus top four prospect, and he might have ranked a spot or two higher if there were fewer questions about his glove. He has a plus arm and plus power projection, which suggests he will eventually end up at third base, given his fringe average defense at shortstop. Fortunately, his bat projects to be impactful enough to profile at the hot corner. He has only played in instructional league thus far, but everything seems to be checking out, and he is poised for an assignment to the Dominican Summer League. The Padres have a collection of recently signed high-upside international free agents who have not yet played in a professional game, and Almanzar has as much upside as any of them. He is five or six years from the big leagues, so extreme patience is required, but the payoff could be significant.
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Holding his own in Northwest League
SSSan Diego Padres  A+
July 8, 2017
Almanzar, 17, is hitting .250/.337/.357 with one home run, six steals (on eight attempts) and a 25:10 K:BB in 84 at-bats in the Northwest League.
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Signs with Padres on Saturday
SSSan Diego Padres  A+
July 2, 2016
Almanzar signed with the Padres for $4 million Saturday.
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