Albert Almora, Jr., Outfield, Chicago Cubs, #5
Date of Birth: 4/16/1994
Birthplace: Hialeah, Florida
Albert Almora, Jr., outfielder for the Chicago Cubs, began playing baseball at the age of three. By the time he was in high school, he was a top player. In 2011, he was named USA Baseball Richard W. "Dick" Case Player of the Year. While in high school, he played on six national teams.
Almora was drafted by the Cubs in 2012. He played in their minor league system from 2012 through 2015.
Almora played in 47 games with the Cubs in 2016. He finished the season with 31 hits, 14 RBIs, 20 strikeouts to 5 walks, and a .277 batting average. Defensively, he played 8 games in left field, 33 games in center field, and 2 games in right field and he made 74 putouts and no errors. In the postseason, he had no hits, 2 strikeouts, and 1 run in 10 at-bats in 9 games. His most significant contribution to the Cubs was his stint as a pinch runner in Game 7 of the World Series. He scored run number 7 for the Cubs, allowing them to win the game and the series with their eighth run.
Almora's father played professional baseball in Cuba before defecting to the U.S.