Chicago Cubs: Team can’t prioritize development any longer
I have been a supporter of Albert Almora throughout his career. He is not appealing to the average baseball fan like a Javier Baez because he lacks the long ball and star power. What Almora does bring is the lost art of defense. With that part of his game fading, so is my hope for the young outfielder.
The Cubs are in a position where the best nine have to be on the field every night. The guys on the bench need to be ready to make an impact. With the struggles offensively, Almora cannot be the daily answer for Center field and certainly is not in the best nine. In past roles, Almora has been a defensive substitution.
With the way he is playing now, I do not believe he is fit for that role either. Players like Ian Happ, Nicholas Castellanos and Jason Heyward are better fit for both the offensive and defensive role Almora would fill.
Moving forward, Almora’s days with the team seem limited. He has declined the past two years and the Cubs now have greater options in the outfield. Albert Almora has not lived up to the hype and now is no time for the team to keep giving him unwarranted opportunities.