Albert Almora Jr. Photo

Albert, the Cubs first round selection (sixth overall) in the 2012 draft, enters his third pro season ... has batted .326 (127-for-389) with 29 doubles, five triples, five home runs and 42 RBI in 94 career minor league games...Named by Baseball America as the organization's fourth-best prospect heading into the 2014 season ... the publication named him the second-best prospect heading into 2013...Was ranked No. 18 in's Top-100 prospects list heading into the 2014 campaign...Ranked by Baseball America as the best defensive player and the second-best pure hitter with the third-best strike zone judgement among high schooleligible players heading into the 2012 draft...Named USA Baseball's 2011 Athlete of the Year after helping the 18-and-Under squad go 9-0 to capture the gold medal at the Pan-Am Games...Graduated from Mater Academy Charter High School in Hialeah Gardens, Fla.....Participated in the second-annual Cubs Rookie Development Program in January of 2014 ... took part in the 2014 Cubs Convention.
Albert spent the campaign with Single-A Kane County, and batted .329 (82-for-249) with 17 doubles, four triples, three home runs and 23 RBI despite two trips to the minor league disabled list ... had a .376 on-base percentage and a .466 slugging mark...Batted .417 (20-for-48) against left-handed pitching ... had a .308 average (62-for-201) against righthanders...Posted a .283 average (15-for-53) with 20 RBI with runners in scoring position...Had a .994 fielding percentage (1 E/172 TC) with seven assists in 59 games in center field...Named Midwest League Player of the Week for May 20-26, batting .538 with five doubles...Was on Kane County's disabled list, April 4-May 22, due to a hamate bone fracture in his left hand ... was also on the shelf, August 5-September 3, with a right groin strain...Earned a spot on the Arizona Fall League's West Division Fall Stars team ... hit .307 (23-for-75) with six doubles, two triples, one homer and 12 RBI in 21 games for the Mesa Solar Sox..Was the youngest player in the Arizona Fall League.
After he was selected by Chicago with the sixth overall pick in the June draft, Albert batted .321 (45-for-140) with 12 doubles, one triple, two homers and 19 RBI in 33 games between Rookie League Mesa and Single-A Boise...Combined to bat .366 (15-for-41) against left-handed pitching ... had a .303 average (30-for-99) against righties...Joined the Mesa Cubs on July 23 vs. the Brewers, and hit a home run...Recorded a five-hit game, August 13, vs. the Reds ... was promoted to Boise the next day...Hit .292 (19-for-65) with eight extra-base hits in 15 regular season games with Boise, helping the club to the championship round in postseason play.


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