With the No. 6 pick of the 2012 MLB Draft, the Chicago Cubs have selected outfielder Albert Almora from Mater Academy Charter School (FL). Almora had been heavily linked to the Cubs in this spot over the last few weeks, so this pick does not come as a surprise.
Here's a brief scouting report on Almora:
Almora has played for USA Baseball as much as any player in history. He's played in big situations and shown natural leadership abilities over the years.He's also got many tools to get excited about. He should be an above-avearge hitter at the next level, with an ability to drive the ball to all fields. He'll have above-average power as well and shows it in games now, especially to the pull side. He's a solid average runner and knows what to do on the basepaths. Defensively, he's a plus center fielder with excellent arm strength and range.All of his tools play up because of his plus makeup and work ethic. That combination should have plenty of teams in the first round taking a long look at him.
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