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.

On May 29, 2019, he was involved in an incident that could have been tragic when he hit a foul ball on a line drive into the third base side stands at Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX. The ball hit a four-year-old girl on the head and she had to be immediately taken to a hospital. Almora broke down in tears at the plate, and while he was able to complete the at-bat after a delay, he was obviously badly shaken. He went to the section of the stands on his way back to his position and talked with a security guard who had witnessed the accident from up close, and once again broke down and had to be comforted. He explained that as the father of two young boys the same age as the unfortunate victim, he was particularly affected. The accident sparked a debate on extending protective netting - which was at the time limited to the end of both dugouts - much further down the foul lines in order to offer fans better protection.

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  • Steve Gardner: "Cubs' Albert Almora overcome with emotion after foul ball hits child in stands", USA Today, May 29, 2019. [1]

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