Top Pick Analysis: Cubs Take Almora

The decision is final and the pick has been made. How did your favorite team do with their top draft choice? Here at we've got you covered. We're breaking down each of the top picks as they happen on draft day, with a combination of first-hand scouting reports from National Baseball Expert, Frankie Piliere, and quotes from scouts. Let's now take a look at the Cubs' top selection.

Albert Almora

Position: Outfield
School: Mater Academy (Fla.)
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 170
Bats/Throws: R/R

Expert's Take:

Few players make as quick of an impression as Almora does. You can see him swing the bat, field, or run and you're going to come away impressed. What I like about him is that he's not a showcase player. He'll impress you more watching him in game action than he does in a showcase environment. Unlike some other high school bats out there, Almora has no trouble showing in-game results with the bat. He's fairly disciplined for his age and also shows some power potential. But, with his speed and advanced hit tool you could be looking at a high school player that advances at the rate of a Mike Trout.

- Frankie Piliere

Scout Quote:

"You have to look at this kid more like a college bat. He's not all that raw at the plate and you'd expect to hit right away in the pros. I think there's some out there who would argue he's the best high school position player in the country."

Ceiling: All-Star Center Fielder (7)

Ceiling grades based on combination of industry consensus and first hand scouting reports and use the standard 2-8 scouting scale.

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