BLUF: Polished high school player with long track record and tools across the board.
The Player: Albert Almora (OF, Mater Academy) – Longtime standout member of the USA baseball circuit. Has played impressively on the international circuit over the last 4-5 years. Committed to the University of Miami.
Basis of Report: Industry Contacts
Body (6-2, 170): Very lean athlete. Needs to add some strength, and should as he reaches physical maturity. Good coordination and lots of fast-twitch ability. Well-proportioned. Very good athlete. Not a premium frame but has enough to carry his tools and project well.
Hit: Very polished approach to hitting for his age. Natural feel for contact with ability to adjust to the ball in flight. Uses the whole field. Generates line drives with a fairly generic swing. Has consistent moderate leg kick that he uses for timing. Hands can get out of sync with his leg kick, but typically work well together. Handles premium velocity well, despite lacking strength to consistently drive the ball with authority. Potential high-average hitter. Grade – 30/70
Power: Lacks power now but has room in frame for added strength and increase power output. Generally projects for average home run power with plenty of doubles. Swing doesn’t have tons of bat speed or loft, but both could increase in time. Power could end up weakest tool down the road, but still approach average. Grade (raw power) – 30/50
Arm: Shows above average to plus arm strength. Good throwing mechanics with consistent, quick release. Good accuracy on throws helps natural arm strength play up. Can add more zip to throws with increased strength. Grade – 50/60
Fielding: Very good defender right now. Plus-plus instincts for his age. Gets good jumps on the ball and takes proper routes. Aggressive defender that can chase it down from gap to gap. Potential elite defender up the middle with more experience, and easily projects for well-above-average glove. Grade – 60/70
Speed: Average or better runner right now that shows consistent above-average running ability once underway. Body type gives him projection to maintain speed and instincts should let it play in game situations. Above-average speed should be more consistent at maturity. Grade – 50/50
Summation: Very polished player for his age. Instinctual player in the field, at the plate and on the bases. Has potential to be 15-homer, 15-20 steal type that hits for a good average and plays outstanding defense up the middle. Needs improved physicality to reach his ceiling. Polish could move him fairly quickly through a system, but will have to catch up physically. May need some tweaks to timing mechanism at the plate to be more consistent against pro pitching, but that’s a minor change. Potential above-average up the middle player that contributes across the board.
Relative Risk: High. Lots of projection required with the body, power and even long term hitting ability. Polish is impressive, but still a risky prospect.
Draft Projection: Polish and track record on international stage may be pushing him up draft boards more than warranted. Easy first round pick, but top ten talk is a stretch for some scouts.