Albert Almora

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Reinaldo Albert Almora Jr.

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Albert Almora was a top-10 pick in the 2012 amateur draft. He is a cousin of Manny Machado.

Almora played for Team USA six times, tying A.J. Hinch for the most ever. For the 2009 US youth team, he hit .356/.388/.533 with 15 RBI in 11 games. He was only 1 for 8 with two RBI in the 2010 World Junior Championship, in which the US finished 5th. For the 2011 US junior squad, he batted .365/.397/.492 with 10 steals in 13 tries over 15 games. He was MVP when they won the Pan American Junior Games. He hit .603/.667/1.164 with only 3 strikeouts and 24 extra-base hits in 87 plate appearances as a high school senior. The Chicago Cubs took him with the 6th selection of the 2012 draft, the second outfielder picked, after Byron Buxton. The scout was John Koronka. Despite a commitment to the University of Miami, he signed with the Cubs for a $3.9 million bonus and soon made his pro debut with the AZL Cubs.

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