Albert Almora
Albert Almora
25-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Chicago Cubs
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Almora bolstered his playing time through top-shelf defense, ranking among Statcast's top 10 outfielders with 11 outs above average in 2018. However, Almora failed to fully capitalize, slumping in the second half to a .232/.267/.280 line. Look away: Almora had a 1% barrel rate last season, ranking 371st out of 390 players with 100 batted-ball events, and his groundball rate ticked up again to 50.7%. Now close to 25 years old, the former prospect can still add power if he builds muscle or overhauls his approach, and he'll remain a candidate to lead off, at least against left-handers, but stolen bases are nowhere to be found. Almora offers a better floor than many names in deeper leagues given his defense and decent contact skills (17.3 K% last season), but many in his range offer greater upside. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $584,500 contract with the Cubs in March of 2018.
Smashes pinch-hit homer
OFChicago Cubs
April 25, 2019
Almora went 1-for-1 with a solo home run in a pinch hit appearance against the Dodgers on Thursday.
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The 25-year-old has struggled this month, especially lately. Going into his pinch-hit situation Thursday, he was 0-for-15 in his last eight games. The homer was his first of the year. Maybe the bomb will finally get him going. Almora is batting .196 with five RBI, five runs and two steals in 56 at-bats.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
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#7
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#9
1
5
1
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5
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+9%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+233%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+8%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+26%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .759 296 41 5 27 1 .295 .353 .407
Since 2017vs Right .698 569 65 9 65 3 .279 .310 .388
2019vs Left .228 27 0 0 0 0 .080 .148 .080
2019vs Right .759 36 5 1 5 2 .290 .371 .387
2018vs Left .742 144 23 1 11 0 .295 .340 .402
2018vs Right .684 335 39 4 30 1 .282 .315 .369
2017vs Left .898 125 18 4 16 1 .342 .411 .486
2017vs Right .711 198 21 4 30 0 .271 .291 .420
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+29%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+30%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+15%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+48%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .821 389 52 8 54 2 .318 .358 .462
Since 2017Away .636 476 54 6 38 2 .257 .297 .339
2019Home .618 20 1 1 1 1 .211 .250 .368
2019Away .475 43 4 0 4 1 .189 .286 .189
2018Home .754 227 31 3 20 1 .298 .345 .409
2018Away .654 252 31 2 21 0 .275 .303 .352
2017Home .955 142 20 4 33 0 .364 .394 .561
2017Away .645 181 19 4 13 1 .246 .292 .353
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How does Albert Almora compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.56
 
BB Rate
7.9%
 
K Rate
14.3%
 
BABIP
.217
 
ISO
.054
 
AVG
.196
 
OBP
.274
 
SLG
.250
 
OPS
.524
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Almora is a former top prospect who hit at an above-average level in his age-23 season (103 wRC+), but he benefitted from limited exposure to right-handed pitching. He did most of his damage against lefties, slashing .342/.411/.486 against southpaws compared to .271/.291/.420 against righties. Almora is a plus defender in center field and Jon Jay is a free agent this winter, but a competing team like the Cubs may be inclined to keep Almora on the short side of a platoon rather than deploy him in the everyday lineup and let him learn on the job. While he makes consistent contact, Almora doesn't walk much, the power is middling (.147 ISO) and he doesn't run. There will be some appeal if Almora works his way into a more regular role, but the interest will probably be greater than is warranted given the inherent optimism of such a large fanbase. If he sticks in a platoon role, Almora remains merely a deep-mixed and NL-only option.
Almora spent a significant portion of his 2016 campaign at Triple-A Iowa, where he put together one of his best performances in the upper levels of the Cubs' minor league system. He was young for the level as a 22 years old, and he continued to show a developing hit tool despite the lack of a discerning eye at the plate (2.7 percent walk rate at Iowa, 4.3 percent with the Cubs). If the Cubs turned him loose with an everyday role, his defense alone would make him a valuable contributor. With further projection remaining in his bat, Almora still has the raw tools to emerge as a double-digit threat in home runs and stolen bases, and one with a good batting average thanks to his low strikeout rate (17.1 percent K% against MLB pitching). In order to deliver on that potential, he will need to carve out a significant share of the playing time in center field for the Cubs.
He's still just 21. You can tell yourself that if it helps. However, Almora doesn't seem to be growing like all of the other future stars in the Cubs system. While Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber got called up and contributed to the exciting season in Chicago, Almora turned in a middling performance with Double-A Tennessee. With just six home runs and eight stolen bases in 405 at-bats with the Smokies, he doesn't look like someone who will be the cornerstone of fantasy teams in the next decade, but he did significantly improve his K:BB (from 23:2 in 2014 to 47:32 last year) in Tennessee. While it is still too soon to write off Almora as a potential everyday player, he is no longer a top-100 prospect for dynasty leagues.
After a strong (but injury-filled) run with Low-A Kane County in 2013, Almora struggled a bit when he was promoted to higher levels last year. Neither the power nor the speed was much to write home about, and Almora struggled with Double-A Tennessee in particular, finishing with a 2:23 K:BB ratio and a .605 OPS in 144 at-bats. Still, he'll turn 21 in April, and he might become the top prospect in the Cubs' system once Kris Bryant is called up to Chicago. Almora is a year or two away, but he's big part of the organization's future, albeit one that still has a long way to go in order to complete his development and reach the projection that made him the sixth overall pick of the 2012 draft.
In the fantastic offensive quartet in the Cubs' system, Almora is the youngest, as he's still only entering his age-20 season. A couple of injuries limited him to only 61 games with Low-A Kane County last year, making it difficult to draw any conclusions about his progress, but he played well in the AFL, and if the doubles and triples start turning into home runs, look out. The 2012 first-rounder needs another couple of years of seasoning, but when he hits the majors, he'll be there for good.
The sixth overall pick by the Cubs in the 2012 first-year player draft, Almora is known for his plus power and plus defense. He did nothing to dispel that notion in 140 rookie and short-season at-bats, slugging .480 and .446, respectively. Almora, who will turn 19 in April, is a player to watch the next couple seasons. As one of the Cubs' top prospects, Almora is expected to make his full-season professional debut at Low-A Kane County in 2013.
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Picks up start Sunday
OFChicago Cubs
April 21, 2019
Almora is starting in center field and batting leadoff in Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks.
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On bench Saturday
OFChicago Cubs
April 13, 2019
Almora is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Angels.
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Remains on bench
OFChicago Cubs
April 8, 2019
Almora is on the bench again Monday against the Pirates.
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Returns to bench
OFChicago Cubs
April 7, 2019
Almora is not in the lineup for Sunday's series finale at Milwaukee.
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Heads back to bench
OFChicago Cubs
April 5, 2019
Almora is not in the lineup Friday against the Brewers.
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