Coming into the March 25 game against the Los Angeles Angels, Chicago Cubs‘ young prospect Albert Almora was on the fast track to stardom. This was due, in large part, to his impressive spring in which he batted to a .462 average through 13 at-bats.
Not only is Almora talented, but he also has a very calm, level-headed mind that is perfect for a player on a Cubs’ squad that is known to struggle throughout a season. Almora gained this mentality through a difficult young life as he lost several family members close to him in his native state of Florida.
In the top of the fifth inning, Almora chased down a pop-fly to the warning track in left-center field and made a last-second half-crouched dive for the ball which caused his lower body to make solid contact with the outfield wall. While it didn’t look like much out of the ordinary, he laid on the ground for a solid couple of minutes appearing to have suffered a lower-body injury.
After some time spent on the ground, Almora did manage to get back to his feet and jog off the field. While at this point in time there has been no word as to the severity of his injury, if he has any at all, it does appear as if Almora will be fine. This could have been a blow to the future of the Cubs had Almora sustained a serious injury.
Expect the young prospect to be fine except for a bruise here and there. While he likely will not start off with Chicago, he will definitely be a name to keep an eye on in the minor leagues as he looks to make his way up to the majors.