2016 Chicago Cubs Top 20 Prospects

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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

1.) Albert Almora – Outfielder

Date of Birth: 4/16/1994
Height/Weight: 6’2″/180
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Acquired: Drafted 1st Round in 2012 (6th Overall)

Almora was the first draft pick by Theo Epstein back in 2012. He has all of the ability and potential to be a Major League outfielder, but seemingly every year the injury bug has delayed development and ultimately a big league debut. Almora is very aggressive at the plate, but he rarely walks. He has the ability to hit to all fields with some power. If Almora is able to develop more of a patient approach, a good batting average and good power will only increase.

What makes Almora a promising big league outfielder is his defense. Almora has the potential to be a future Gold Glover because of the way he can read the ball off of the bat. He gets a tremendous first step, takes good routes, and tracks down balls in spite of having average speed at the moment. Almora also has a very strong and accurate throwing arm. Perhaps with Jason Heyward now with the Cubs, Almora can learn and develop that strength even more.

If Almora is able to fill out more, the added strength would only add to his power potential. With continued development at the plate, Almora can become a big league hitter and realize that potential. By working good counts, and getting on base consistently, Almora could be a top of the order contributor while playing great defense. Almora leads the list of the next wave of young Cubs prospects ready to reach the big league level and produce right away.

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