Albert Almora

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Albert Almora
Albert Almora with a young fan 2013-08-20 00-58.jpg
Almora with a fan
Chicago Cubs – No. 5
Outfielder
Born: (1994-04-16) April 16, 1994 (age 24)
Hialeah Gardens, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 7, 2016, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
(through May 19, 2018)
Batting average .295
Home runs 13
Runs batted in 71
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Reinaldo Albert Almora Jr. (born April 16, 1994) is an American professional baseball outfielder of Cuban descent, who currently plays for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). Almora primarily plays center field.

Almora attended Mater Academy Charter School in Hialeah Gardens, Florida. In 2011, Almora was named USA Baseball's athlete of the year after leading the 18 and under team to a 9–0 record and being named the tournament MVP. He played on six national teams while in high school, tying a record.[1] He won the USA Baseball Richard W. "Dick" Case Player of the Year Award in 2011.[2][3]

Professional career

Draft

The Chicago Cubs selected Almora in the first round, with the sixth overall selection, in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft. He signed with the Cubs, receiving a $3.9 million signing bonus. MLB.com ranked Almora as the second best prospect in the Cubs organization in 2013,[4] and the 39th ranked prospect in all of baseball.

Minor leagues

Almora spent 2012 with both the AZL Cubs and Boise Hawks, batting .321 with two home runs and 19 RBIs in 33 games. He played for the Kane County Cougars in 2013. He had a .329 batting average in 61 games played, as he missed time due to injury. After the 2013 season, the Cubs assigned Almora to the Arizona Fall League to gain more experience.[4][5] In 2014, he played for the Daytona Cubs and Tennessee Smokies where he slashed .270/.291/.392 nine home runs and 60 RBIs in 125 games.

Almora spent 2015 back with the Smokies where he batted .272 with six home runs and 46 RBIs in 106 games. He began 2016 with the Iowa Cubs. [1] At Iowa prior to being called up, he was batting .318 in 54 games.

MLB career

Chicago Cubs

Almora was promoted to the Cubs on June 7, 2016 when Jorge Soler was placed on the disabled list.[6] He made his first career start in left field on June 8, 2016 against the Philadelphia Phillies[7] and on his first fielding opportunity threw out a runner at home to complete a double play. The following day, he got his first major league hit.

On November 2, 2016, in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, Almora took over as a pinch runner for Kyle Schwarber, the Cubs designated hitter who opened the top of the 10th inning with a lead-off single to right. Almora advanced to second base on a rare tag-up play from first base thanks to a deep fly ball out hit by Kris Bryant. After Cleveland Indians pitcher Bryan Shaw intentionally walked Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, Almora scored the go-ahead 7th run for the Cubs off of a double by Ben Zobrist. The Cubs went on to win the game 8-7, earning their first World Series victory since 1908 thanks in part to Almora's baserunning skill.[8]

Personal life

His father, Albert Sr., played baseball in Cuba before he defected to the United States.[4] Almora began training with his father when he was three years old.[1][4]

Almora married former Philadelphia 76ers and Philadelphia Flyers dancer Krystal Gregorio on July 21, 2016.[9] Their son, AJ, was born in August 2016.

Almora chose "Tico" as his nickname for the Players Weekend during the 2017 season.[10]

References

  1. ^ a b "Prep star Albert Almora could be a top-10 Draft pick | MLB.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved November 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Reese McGuire Wins USA Baseball Player of the Year Award". Baseball America. Archived from the original on July 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ "USA Baseball names year-end award winners". usabaseball.com. Archived from the original on July 5, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Albert Almora: Albert Almora's dedication a family affair – Chicago Tribune". Articles.chicagotribune.com. October 12, 2013. Retrieved November 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Albert Almora leads Mesa's charge as Cubs stars shine | cubs.com: News". Chicago.cubs.mlb.com. October 9, 2013. Retrieved November 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ Gonzales, Mark (June 7, 2016). "Cubs place Jorge Soler on 15-day DL, Albert Almora Jr. promoted". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 7, 2016. 
  7. ^ Gonzales, Mark. "Cubs' Albert Almora Jr. makes first start in left field, first pitch moved to 12:20 p.m." Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2016-06-08. 
  8. ^ Bastian, Jordan; Muskat, Carrie. "Chicago Cubs win 2016 World Series". MLB. Retrieved November 3, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Cubs' Albert Almora Jr. gets married on his off-day, then sent to Iowa". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 21, 2017. 
  10. ^ http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/mlb-players-weekend-to-showcase-unique-nicknames-colorful-uniforms/

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
  • Albert Almora Jr. on Twitter
  • ESPN bio
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