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Albert Almora | Outfielder | #5

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (24) / 4/16/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (6) / CHC
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Albert Almora finished 4-for-6 with a double, an RBI and four runs scored in Friday's 16-5 win at Colorado.
The four-hit night was the first of Almora's career, and he is now slashing an impressive .325/.372/.525. He is 9-for-18 (.500) with nine runs scored, two doubles and a home run with three RBI over his past six outings. Almora doesn't start regularly, so fantasy owners in mixed play will want to be careful, but he could start playing a lot more frequently if he keeps hitting this well. Apr 21 - 12:39 AM

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Albert Almora was a late addition to the Cubs' starting lineup on Saturday.

Almora was scratched from the lineup on Friday due to illness and was initially held out of Saturday's lineup as well, but he was feeling much better on Saturday morning and talked his way into the order it would seem. Victor Caratini was removed from the lineup, with Ben Zobrist shifting to first base and Javier Baez dropping from second to sixth.
Apr 14 - 1:24 PM

Albert Almora was scratched from the Cubs' lineup Friday because of illness.

He should be fine in a day or two. Ian Happ has taken Almora's spot in center field and at leadoff.
Apr 13 - 1:12 PM

Albert Almora had an RBI double in a win over the Brewers on Sunday.

Almora slapped a run-scoring double down the right field line in the fifth inning off Brewers starter Chase Anderson. Worth noting, he started in center field and batted leadoff for the Cubs against a right-handed starter, perhaps suggesting his usage is on the rise; in the past, he was mostly a defensive player, batting lower in the lineup while playing primarily against lefties. Or, perhaps it was just a getaway day lineup on a Sunday afternoon. Either way, it was a productive day for the 23-year-old.
Apr 8 - 5:49 PM

Albert Almora is leading off and playing center field on Friday against the Marlins.

Almora takes the place of Ian Happ, who homered on the first pitch of the regular season on Thursday. The two will likely split time in center, and while Happ offers more offensive value, Almora's defense will give him plenty of run as well. The full lineup for the Cubs: Almora CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Willson Contreras C, Kyle Schwarber LF, Addison Russell SS, Ben Zobrist RF and Kyle Hendricks on the mound.
Mar 30 - 2:35 PM

Albert Almora went 0-for-3 against the Red Sox on Tuesday, leaving him with a .164 spring average.

Well, it'd be .164 if today actually counted in the official spring stats, which it doesn't. Still, Almora really hurt his case for playing time by going 9-for-55 with just one walk in his 19 appearances this spring. He'll be on the roster, but he'd seem to be a strict backup to J.A. Happ at the moment.
Mar 27 - 4:13 PM

Albert Almora launched a two-run home run Tuesday against the Dodgers.

Almora took Wilmer Font deep as part of the Cubs' six-run explosion in the first inning. It's the outfielder's only hit in 15 plate appearances this spring, as he's been overshadowed so far by Ian Happ -- four home runs -- in the competition for playing time in center field.
Mar 6 - 5:57 PM

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Friday that he told Albert Almora he'd have "more" of a role in 2018.

It's possible that means Almora is an everyday player, although Epstein wouldn't guarantee that. Epstein's pronouncement isn't terribly surprising after Almora put up a better-than-expected .298/.338/.445 batting line in 2017 while playing superb defense in center field. The key for the 23-year-old going forward will be whether he can hit righties, as he's a career .320/.377/.503 hitter against lefties but holds a more modest .275/.300/.415 line versus righties.
Fri, Oct 20, 2017 05:06:00 PM

Albert Almora hit a two-run home run in Saturday's loss to the Dodgers in NLCS Game 1.

Almora provided all the offense the Cubs would receive on the night with a two-run shot off Clayton Kershaw in the fourth inning. The homer was his first career postseason dinger. The 23-year-old now has three hits in nine at-bats this postseason.
Sat, Oct 14, 2017 11:50:00 PM

Albert Almora is starting in center field and batting fifth in Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday night against the Nationals.

Perhaps even more notable is that Jason Heyward will get the start despite the fact that the Nationals are throwing left-hander Gio Gonzalez. Kyle Schwarber is on the bench again. Ben Zobrist is also sitting. The full lineup for Chicago in this winner-advances Game 5 at Nationals Park: Jon Jay LF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Willson Contreras C, Albert Almora CF, Addison Russell SS, Jason Heyward RF, Javier Baez 2B, Kyle Hendricks SP.
Thu, Oct 12, 2017 04:02:00 PM

Albert Almora is starting in center field and batting leadoff for the Cubs in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Nationals on Saturday.

With a left-hander on the hill, Jason Heyward will take a seat in favor of Almora. Here's how the Cubs full lineup rounds out: Almora CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Willson Contreras C, Addison Russell SS, Ben Zobrist RF, Javy Baez 2B and Ian Happ LF with Jon Lester on the bump for the Cubs.
Sat, Oct 7, 2017 01:37:00 PM

Albert Almora admitted Thursday that he experienced discomfort in his back while attempting to swing.

The good news, is that Almora claims his ailing shoulder is fine now. He may have also sustained the back injury when crashing into the center field wall in St. Louis during Tuesday's game. He's still considered day-to-day.
Thu, Sep 28, 2017 07:54:00 PM

Albert Almora has been diagnosed with a contusion around his right rotator cuff.

Almora suffered the injury Tuesday when he crashed into the center field wall at Busch Stadium while trying to track down a hard liner off the bat of Paul DeJong. It looked ugly, but he was eventually able to walk off the field and X-rays turned up negative. Consider him day-to-day.
Tue, Sep 26, 2017 10:58:00 PM

Albert Almora was removed from Tuesday's game against the Cardinals with an apparent shoulder injury.

Almora crashed hard into the outfield wall while trying to chase down a Paul DeJong shot into the left-center field gap in the bottom of the fifth inning. He laid on the ground for over a minute before eventually walking off slowly with a trainer. Leonys Martin entered to play center for the Cubs.
Tue, Sep 26, 2017 10:22:00 PM

Albert Almora went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs during a win over the Cardinals on Saturday.

He poked a single that drove in Anthony Rizzo with the game's first run in the fourth inning, then cracked a double to drive in Rizzo again in the fifth frame. Almora has hit well while serving as a mostly back-up outfielder for the Cubs this year. He has a .299 batting average with seven home runs, 45 RBI and 37 runs scored in 278 at-bats.
Sat, Sep 16, 2017 07:25:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Willson Contreras
2Victor Caratini
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Javier Baez
2Ben Zobrist
3David Bote
SS1Addison Russell
3B1Kris Bryant
2Tommy La Stella
LF1Kyle Schwarber
CF1Ian Happ
2Albert Almora
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Yu Darvish
3Jose Quintana
4Kyle Hendricks
5Tyler Chatwood
6Drew Smyly
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brandon Morrow
2Carl Edwards Jr.
3Steve Cishek
4Pedro Strop
5Justin Wilson
6Brian Duensing
7Mike Montgomery
8Eddie Butler
9Luke Farrell