Albert Almora Jr. has put up good numbers at the plate in 15 games with the Iowa Cubs.
Almora Jr. went hitless (0-for-4 with a run scored) Sunday for only the second time in his last 10 games. Almora Jr. recently had a six-game hitting streak snapped but has reached base safely with either a hit or a walk in 12 of the 15 games he’s played in this season.
Almora Jr. hit his second homer of the season on Saturday, a two-run shot, and four of his last six hits have gone for extra bases, two doubles and two homers.
Prior to Sunday, Almora Jr. had a .328/.399/.474 slash line in his previous 50 games between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa.
For the season, Almora Jr. is batting .309/.365/.473 with a .838 OPS. Almora Jr. is 17-for-55 in 15 games with three doubles and two home runs. Almora Jr. has six walks while striking out seven times.
Defensively, Almora Jr. has played 14 of the 15 games in center field.
Iowa’s hitting coach Brian Harper recently told the Des Moines Register how impressed he’s been with Albert Almora Jr., Willson Contreras and Dan Vogelbach. Harper pointed out that all three players will have to make adjustments but they have not struggled the way most players do the first couple of weeks at the Triple-A level.
Albert Almora Jr. started playing to expectations after Miguel Montero talked to him last August. It will be interesting to see how he adjusts to the adjustments the league will soon make to him.