Back in March, Chicago Cubs prospect and 2012 first-round draft pick Albert Almora suffered a broken hamate bone. The hamate bone is located in the wrist and is a fairly common injury for baseball players. While it was not considered a very serious injury, there was some worry that it could effect Almora’s swing. Well, worry no longer.
Almora returned to full-time minor league baseball this week. He is currently playing for the Low-A Affiliate of the Cubs, the Kane County Cougars. Through five games with Kane County, he has an incredible slash line of .571/.625/.810. While obviously this means little because it is only five games, it sure is great to see Almora dominate after his injury.
Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer took Almora, a high school outfielder, with the sixth pick in the draft last season. He is known as a high make-up player who has great contact skills and shows outstanding plate discipline, especially for a player of his age. He does not show much power, but I think he could potentially hit 15-20 home runs a season. Almora’s best asset is his defense.
When the Cubs drafted him last season, many scouts said that he could play center field in the big leagues right now. That defense was put on display Saturday night, when he reportedly made an incredible sliding catch and got up to throw out a runner at the plate. If his bat develops to catch up to his outstanding glove, there is no doubt that Almora will someday be manning center field at the Friendly Confines.
With fellow prospects Javier Baez, Jorge Soler and Pierce Johnson also tearing it up, the future could be very bright for the Cubs.