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MLB Mock Draft 2012: Keith Law Projects Cubs To Select OF Albert Almora Sixth Overall

ESPN's Keith Law projects the Chicago Cubs to select high school outfielder Albert Almora with the sixth overall pick.

February 23, 2012; Mesa, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum (left) and president Theo Epstein (right) watch the inaugural match play bunting tournament during spring training at Fitch Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
February 23, 2012; Mesa, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum (left) and president Theo Epstein (right) watch the inaugural match play bunting tournament during spring training at Fitch Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

In his first mock of the upcoming MLB Draft, ESPN's Keith Law projects the Chicago Cubs to select high school outfielder Albert Almora with the sixth overall pick. Almorra has been rising up draft boards lately as one of the most explosive athletes in the entire draft.

The Cubs also have their eyes California prep lefty [Max] Fried and Puerto Rico's [Carlos] Correa. Almora, who has an advanced feel for hitting and good range in center, is the likely favorite here.

Almora currently plays center field for Mater Academy Charter in Hialeh Gardens, Fla. Coming in at 6-foot-2, 170 pounds, scouts have been increasingly impressed by the prep outfielder's polish despite being so young. He's not exceptionally fast, but uses strong instincts to run quality routes in center field, yielding plus results.

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