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Height/Weight: 6-2/180 | Birthdate: 4/16/1994 | Birthplace: Hialeah, FL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Chicago | College: None | MLB Experience: Rookie | Owned/Started%: 7/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Cubs prospect Kyle Schwarber among cuts Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) The Cubs announced Thursday they cut 12 players from major-league camp, including top catcher prospect Kyle Schwarber,who was reassigned to minor-league camp.

The other players reassigned to minor-league camp were pitchers Daniel Bard, Anthony Carter, Jorge De Leon, Gonzalez Germen and Francisley Bueno, infielder Chris Valaika, outfielders Albert Almora, Mike Baxter and Adron Chambers.

Pitcher Blake Parker and pitcher Joseph Ortiz were optioned to Triple-A Iowa.


Cubs OF prospect Albert Almora upbeat despite down year in 2014


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) After being considered a top-100 prospect by Baseball America the last two years, Cubs outfield prospect Albert Almora took a tumble down the rankings this year and is no longer considered among Baseball America's top 100 prospects heading into 2015.

Granted, Almora didn't have a banner year in 2014 between high Class A and Double-A -- .270/.291/.392/.683 -- but the 2012 first-round pick (sixth overall) is refusing to call his '14 campaign a lost year, per ESPN.

“To be honest with you, I didn’t have bad year,” Almora said Tuesday. “I thought it was a great year when it comes down to how to deal with stuff. I learned a lot of things. I was happy with the outcome of the year. Sure the numbers weren’t there like previous years, but when it comes to my development, I thought it was a great year.” 

Almora drew just 14 walks in 125 games last season. He admits one area he needs to improve is pitch recognition.

“Getting my pitch to hit. It (walking more) would help my game out tremendously," he said. "I definitely think it’s part of the game I need to work on. If I’m on base it helps the team.” 


Bryant, Russell, Schwarber among Cubs' non-roster invites


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2015) The Cubs announced Friday they handed out spring invites to 19 non-roster players, which includes some of their top prospects. Among the top prospects invited to spring training are Kris Bryant , Albert Almora, Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber.

The remaining invites are Mike Baxter, Adron Chambers, Jonathan Herrera, Chris Valaika, Logan Watkins, Taylor Teagarden, Daniel Bard, Corey Black, Francisley Bueno, Anthony Carter, Hunter Cervenka, Jorge De Leon, Pierce Johnson, Armando Rivero and Donn Roach.


Albert Almora promoted to Double-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Cubs outfield prospect Albert Almora has been promoted from Class A Daytona to Double-A Tennessee. Almora is considered the Cubs' fourth-best prospect by MLB.com.

Almora hit .283 with a .306 on-base percentage, .406 slugging percentage and .712 OPS in the hitter-friendly Florida State League. He totaled two triples, seven home runs, 20 doubles, 50 RBI, 55 runs and six stolen bases in 89 games. 

He was much improved in the second half of the season, batting .354 with two triples, five home runs, seven doubles, 20 RBI and 27 runs in 30 games after the FSL All-Star break.


Cubs option four, re-assign five Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) The Cubs optioned infielders Arismendy Alcantara and Logan Watkins and outfielders Jorge Soler and Matt Szczur Wednesday, while also re-assigning infielders Kris Bryant and Jeudy Valdez, outfielder Albert Almora and pitchers Carlos Pimentel and Eric Jokisch to minor-league camp.

Cubs tout Albert Almora as 'Gold Glove-type player'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2014) Cubs senior vice president of player development and amateur scouting Jason McLeod didn't hold back Tuesday when talking with MLB Network Radio about outfield prospect Albert Almora's potential.

"He's got incredible makeup, and the best outfield instincts I've seen in a player," McLeod said. "He can be Gold Glove-type player."


Report: Kris Bryant, Albert Almora will be invited to spring training


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/18/2014) The Chicago Tribune reports Saturday that Cubs prospects Kris Bryant and Albert Almora will likely earn a trip to spring training.

Bryant was named Arizona Fall League MVP after batting .364 with six home runs and 17 RBI in 20 games. Almora missed some time last season with Class A Kane County due to a broken hand and a groin injury. He batted .307 with 12 RBI and nine stolen bases in 21 games in the Arizona Fall League.


Marlins, Cubs could look into trading prospects


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11/13/2013) According to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman, the Marlins and Cubs are considering talks regarding a trade of some of their top prospects.

The pitching-heavy Marlins may be willing to part with some of their young hurlers, including major leaguers Jacob Turner, Henderson Alvarez and Nate Eovadi as well as prospects Andrew Heaney , Justin Nicolino , Adam Conley and Jose Urena and late-season callup Brian Flynn. In return, they would likely target one or more of the Cubs' top hitting prospects, including Kris Bryant , Javier Baez , Albert Almora and Jorge Soler .


Albert Almora sidelined at Class A Kane County


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2013) Cubs outfielder Albert Almora was placed on the disabled list at Class A Kane County with a slight groin strain, according to the Chicago Daily Herald. The team hopes Almora will only be sidelined a week.

Almora, who missed the start of the season with a broken hand, is batting .329 with a .466 slugging percentage and .842 OPS in 61 games for Kane County. He has three home runs, four triples, 17 doubles, 23 RBI and 39 runs.


Albert Almora slows down after torrid start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/17/2013) Cubs outfield prospect Albert Almora's last 22 games for Class A Kane County haven't gone as well as his first 22, but the highly touted prospect still is having a productive season since overcoming a broken left hand.

The 2012 first-round pick (sixth overall) hit .402 with a .543 slugging percentage and .978 OPS in his first 22 games. In his last 22 games, he's batting .264 with a .429 slugging percentage and .735 OPS.

For the season, Almora is batting .333 with a .486 slugging percentage, .857 OPS, three triples, three home runs, 13 doubles, 20 RBI, 33 runs and four stolen bases.


Albert Almora 'super excited' to start season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2013) Cubs outfield prospect Albert Almora finally kicked off the season at Class A Kane County Wednesday after beginning the year sidelined because of a broken bone in his left hand. Almora wasted little time making an impact, going 3 for 4 with one double and one RBI.

"I just went in there like any other game," Almora said, per MLB.com. "It's the same game, just a different atmosphere. I saw some pitches I liked. I saw good pitches and they happened to find the hole. Everything went good."

The 2012 first-round pick (sixth overall) is "super excited" to start playing in games after being sidelined since mid-March. Almora is considered a top 40 prospect by Baseball America (No. 33) and MLB.com (No. 39).

"To be honest, I worked my butt off," he said. "I worked all morning and whatever I could do baseball-wise, I did it. I just didn't stop. They told me not to rush it, and that was the best advice that anyone's ever given me. But you still, as a baseball player, you want to get out there as soon as possible to help your team hard. It was super-hard to control my emotions."


Prospect Albert Almora slowed by wrist injury


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2013) Cubs outfield prospect Albert Almora is expected to be sidelined for at least a month after breaking the hamate bone in his wrist while taking swings at minor-league camp on Thursday, MLB.com reports. Almora, the sixth overall pick in last year's MLB draft, already is heralded as the 18th-best prospect in the minors by Baseball Prospectus. Boasting a five-tool skill set, the 18 year old posted a .321 batting average with 15 extra-base hits across two lower levels in the minors last season.

Almora headed to Class A


(8/14/2012) The Cubs promoted prospect Albert Almora from the Mesa Rookie League team to Class A Boise on Tuesday. Almora, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2012 draft, went 19 for 46 (.413) with seven RBI and a .522 slugging percentage over his final 10 games at Mesa. “He’s done a real nice job the last week to 10 days,” President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein told MLB.com. ”For him, it was a matter of getting his timing down. He has a leg kick, and sometimes those guys have to see a lot of live pitching to get their timing locked in. He can drive the ball all over the field recently. We think he’s pretty advanced for an 18-year-old.”