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albert almoraComing into the 2013 season, if you were going to focus on three Chicago Cubs prospects, it was probably Jorge Soler, Javier Baez, and Albert Almora. While the first two have been playing at High-A Daytona, Almora has been working hard in Arizona. That’s because he’s been coming back from having the hamate bone in his wrist removed, after an unfortunate break in Spring Training. It has felt like an eternity, as impatient fans want to see all of “the big three” in action.

Thankfully, his recovery is at a close, and he’s now ready to head out and play some real baseball. His 2013 season will begin at Low-A Kane County, if his Twitter stream is to be believed – Almora recently retweeted a bunch of congratulations from teammates who say that Almora is headed to Kane County. I think that sounds pretty legit, and it’s a fair bet that we’ll see him in action later this week.

Almora is one of the top prospects in the Cubs’ system, and was their first round pick in 2012. It will be great to finally see him in action at full-season ball, and there’s plenty of time for him to get in a solid season of work.

  • Blublud

    When the season start, if you were going to pay attention to three prospects, it would be jorge soler, Javier Baez and…….Dan Vogelbach. J/k. Good to see Almora headed back to regular baseball.

  • Njriv

    It’s about time! I can finally go to Kane County and see this kid play.

  • http://www.shadowsofwrigley.com TC

    I’ll be there all weekend, will hopefully have a bunch of video of him that I’ll post on the message board

    • Cyranojoe

      Faboo! Thanks man!

  • Die hard

    Good news is only starting… See only upward chart from here

  • willis

    Awesome news. Excited to see what this kid can do.

  • Sarah Dem

    YES!! I can see this kid play when KC plays the Silver Hawks!!

  • Rcleven

    Another reason to go to Geneva this weekend.
    Welcome Albert.
    Now what happens to Zapatta?

    • Cedlandrum

      I think probably Chen and Zapata split time. Right now they only have 3 outfielders with Martin being done for the season. I know Rock plays some outfield, but most of his starts will come at 1st/DH. Frankly I would love to see Chen and/or Zapata sent back with Dunston Jr. or Gretzky coming up.

      • Spriggs

        I am hoping the same thing for Dunston. Really surprised that he was left in Mesa after the injuries to Almora and Martin. He’s maintained a great attitude though. He was expecting to be in Kane County to start the season.

  • Mysterious4th

    I am excited to see the Big 3 together. After I typed that all I could think of is “I hope they don’t take their talent to South Beach.” (Oh how I do not like the heat. Since the last 2 seasons they’ve taken the Bulls out of the playoffs)

  • mdavis

    That’s great. Maples finally got to KC and has put together a couple of nice outings, Almora now on the way. Good things.

    • Spriggs

      Beware of God’s wrath about to be unleashed. Cubs fans are not allowed to be happy for long.

  • Sully

    I’ll be there Saturday. Sweet. That’s great news for him.

    • Njriv

      I see on Saturday they’re playing a double header. Do you know if you buy one ticket you can see both games or do you have to buy two separate tickets?

      • Sully

        Not sure if one ticket will cover both games. I’m goin to the 6:30 game. I would call them to be sure Njriv.

      • Rcleven

        I would expect it to be a split DH. Will need 2 tickets. Last DH was a split.

  • cubbie blue

    Sweet, just in time for me to see him in davenport next week

    • JoeyCollins

      Parents are in the QC still and i was just telling them they should go to that series. Guess they have one more reason now.

      • cubbie blue

        Yeah if they’re the Qc they should go, modern woodmen is a great place to catch a game and KC will be here on thirsty Thursday!!! I’m hoping to atleast catch maples or Johnson pitch.

        • bobo justis

          Great experience to watch a game in Davenport with the Centennial Bridge in the background and the bright lights of Rock Island reflected on the surface of the Mississippi.

          [img]http://www.ballparksandbrews.com/2012/05/quad-cities-iail-great-river-and-modern-woodmen-park/[/img]

  • mudge

    What a smile. Hope he has a smooth road from here.

  • scorecardpaul

    I am going to Peoria this Wednesday, any chance he will be playing??

    • beerhelps

      I’ll be there Friday in Peoria, hope to see him then!

  • SenorGato

    I am most interested to see if he can catch up to Baez in the next year and a half. He should handle Low A ball well.

  • SenorGato

    BTW:

    Jeimer Candelario is the 5th youngest player in the Midwest League.
    He is tied for the league lead in doubles.
    He is 5th in walks with the only other teenager on the list being Buxton.

    Bandwagon’s light right now…

    • Rebuilding

      Candelario was 4-5 today with 2 RBIs. Interesting that KC has him batting cleanup behind Vogelbach. Switch-hitting 3b as well

      • SenorGato

        Season line at .267/.366/.387 with 24 BBs and 29 Ks in 175 PAs. Doesn’t turn 20 until November.

        He and Almora in the same lineup should be really fun. Only hitter I really like better than both in the system this year is Soler.

        • Rebuilding

          I’m with you on Candelario. Hope to see him on some Top 100 lists next year. Not as high on Almora as you – when high schoolers are “polished” it scares me that a player excelled because of his advanced approach at that age and not because of superior talent. Obviously he didn’t have enough at-bats last year to tell anything. Baez with a couple of doubles tonight

  • Mike

    Was just at the game in Cedar Rapids today…was a hard fought loss and give lots of credit to CR Kernals for coming back from 3 runs down. Ran into Dan Vogelbach as he was on the phone after the game and waited to get a picture snapped with him. While I won’t say what he was talking about, it was great to hear how passionate he is for the game and how competitive he is! Classy kid and can’t wait to see how far he can take his career in the Cubs organization.

    • Rebuilding

      How did Vogelbach look around 1b?

      • Mike

        Didn’t have any tough plays to make right or left. Looked comfortable though.

  • Matt D

    Considering going to the game on Sunday evening. Anyone know who will be pitching?

  • Big Joe

    Where are Dunston Jr., and Gretzky? How are they doing?

    • Dynastyin2017

      They in Az in ext spring training, and as much as you can trust ExSp stats, they are both doing great. From AzPhil:

      * TREVOR GRETZKY (LF-1B)
      333/383/429
      47 PA (16 GAMES)
      14-42 – 1 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 8 R, 4 BB, 9 K, 1 SH, 1 GIDP
      ERRORS: 1 (E-3)

      * SHAWON DUNSTON JR (CF)
      410/455/564
      LAST TEN GAMES: 517/516/724
      44 PA (14 GAMES)
      16-39 – 0 2B, 3 3B, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 8 R, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 HBP, 1 SF, 1 SB (0 CS)
      DEFENSE: TWO OUTFIELD ASSISTS & TWO ERRORS

      • SenorGato

        Very interested in how Dunston Jr. performs at Boise. He would not be draft eligible until next year so he’s on a fine pace, but he definitely has to be one of the better players on the Boise team for me to get excited for next year.

  • Big Joe

    Hey, thank you.

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  • Frank F.

    Soler-Baez may still be our best 1-2 punch in the minors, but with Almora coming up, KC is about to get insanely stacked. Almora-Rock-Vogel-Amaya-Marco-Candelerio-Contreres-Johnson-Maples-Pena; these guys are going to be fun.

    Then again, they might consider moving Shoulders to Daytona to play 1st and have Geiger play 3rd. As intriguing as Geiger has become, if they keep him at 1B, he basically becomes Greg Rohan.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Wow – I just wrote something very similar about Geiger for the Bullets this morning. Great minds and all that.

      • Cedlandrum

        I wish he could stick at 3rd too, but I don’t get the Rohan comparison. I think Geiger even as a 1st baseman is a much better prospect.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          (I didn’t mention Rohan in mine – you’ll see what I mean when it’s up.)

          • Cedlandrum

            Yeah I meant to reply to Frank, not you. Can’t wait to see your thoughts on Geiger.

          • ssckelley

            Speaking of Rohan, what happened to him? He had a good season last year in AA/AAA and has not made an appearance yet this season.

            • Spriggs

              As of about 3 weeks ago, he was in Mesa rehabbing an undisclosed injury. he wasn’t playing in games (in Ext ST) last I knew, but I haven’t been to Fitch in a couple weeks.

              • Cedlandrum

                Any sign of Lake? Seems he should be back by now and yet haven’t heard anything. I for whatever reason seem to remember something about a wrist with Rohan but I could be dreaming that.

                • Spriggs

                  Same thing with Lake. I know he was in Mesa, and was running and working out on the fields and in the cages, but I didn’t see him in any games and haven’t been out there in a while, so I don’t know what he’s doing now. 2 weeks ago, watching him move around, he didn’t appear to have restricted movement. I need to get out there! dang job.

              • ssckelley

                Thanks

    • Jp3

      Agreed, Geiger is going to be absolutely buried if he stays at 1st. We’ve already got Vogul, Rock, Bour, not to mention Rizzo who have him roadblocked at that position. How’s he look at 3rd?

      • Cedlandrum

        Bour isn’t really going to hold anyone back.

        • Jp3

          Hmm, I more or less meant much like has happened at AAA we hold on to guys like him if they see any trade value down the line. Much like holding on to the fringe major leaguers like Lillibridge, Bogesivic, Sweeney, ect ect. If they perform well even if their long term prospects with the cubs aren’t that great we hold on to them for a while and Bour has. He’s not been great but the last few years he’s hit and unfortunately I don’t think he plays many other positions other than 1st. I’m simply saying Bour aside there isn’t much room for more 1B MLB fringe prospect in our system

    • ssckelley

      It is a good problem to have, middle infield and the outfield are starting to look the same way. If the Cubs get more talent at 3rd and catcher they will be stacked all over the place in the minors. That is what having a good minor league system can do for an organization, when you get surplus at a position whatever the Cubs do not use at the MLB level can be traded.

      After this season I doubt we will see Iowa keep being used to stash spare parts in.

  • JBarnes

    Ill be at the field tomorrow for the Chiefs/Cougars game and will try to get some pictures and/or video of the notable guys on the roster. Excited that Almora happens to be coming back in Peoria.

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