Chicago Cubs' highly-touted centerfield prospect Albert Almora assigned to Daytona squad

Chicago Cubs CF prospect Albert Almora assigned to Daytona Cubs / Headline Surfer®

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Hialeah native Albert Almora, the prized outfield prospect of the Chicago Cubs, will be manning centerfield this season for the Daytona Cubs.
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DAYTONA BEACH -- Highly-touted centerfield prospect Albert Almora, the 6th overall pick in the first round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft, has been assigned to the Daytona Cubs of the Florida State League, officials with the Chicago Cubs announced Sunday.

Almora, who bats ands throws right-handed, is the parent club's No. 2 overall-ranked prospect, having received a $3.9 million bonus when he signed with the National League Central Division team out of Mater Academy Charter School in Hialeah, Fla.

Almora, who bats ands throws right-handed, is the parent club's No. 2 overall-ranked prospect, having received a $3.9 million bonus when he signed with the National League Central Division team out of Mater Academy Charter School in Hialeah, Fla.

Baseball America has the 19-year-old speedy outfielder rated 38th overall prospect in the majors heading into the 2014 season. Whether he makes the jump all the way from Single A ball to the big leagues could be a tall order in just one season, but perhaps a September call-up when MLB rosters are expanded may not be out of the question.

Almora played on six national teams while in high school, tying a record, leading to his first round amateur draft selection by the Chicago Cubs.

He played for the Kane County Cougars of the Class A Midwest League in 2013. Almora, 6 feet 2 and 180 pounds, had a .329 batting average in 61 games played, as he missed time due to injury.

After the 2013 season, the Cubs assigned him to the Arizona Fall League to gain more experience.

Chicago Cubs prospect Albert Almora snapshot profile / Headline Surfer®FAST FACTS: USA Baseball's Athlete of the Year:

In 2011, Albert Almora was named USA Baseball's athlete of the year after leading the 18-and-under team to a 9-0 record and being named the tournament MVP.
 
Almora is among the Cubs' big four prospects among position players with fellow No. 1 draft choices Javier Baez,  Kris Bryant to go along with top prospect and Cuban-born outfielder Jorge Soler.

Did You Know?

Albert Almaro's father, Albert Sr., played baseball in Cuba before he defected to the United States. The son began training with his father when he was 3 years old.
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