Thanks to the emergence of Jon Jay and Ian Happ this year, playing time for Albert Almora Jr. has been limited to match-up opportunities, and a handful of late-game defensive replacements.
To his credit, the 23-year-old Almora has made the most of his opportunities, hitting .288/.336/.404 on the year. With the kind of glove we believe him to have, that 93 wRC+ will play. And, against lefties, where he’s seen the bulk of his starts, Almora is hitting an absurd .351/.430/.521 with a 150 wRC+. (It’s just that his line against righties – .250/.274/.333, 52 wRC+ – is equally absurd in the other direction.)
At this stage in his career, so long as he keeps developing, the Cubs are using Almora very well. He’s a great guy to have on the roster – mash lefties, play great outfield defense.
He got a start last night against a lefty, notching a hit and a walk in the game, and also making one of his characteristic catches in center field (full video at MLB.com here):
Almora catch pic.twitter.com/55ZRoSc4ma
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In the future, Almora may start hitting righties a bit more, and emerge as an everyday starter in center field. He’s only 23, after all.