Wore the name "Tico" on his jersey during Players' Weekend in 2017 and 2018...His mother gave him the nickname in high school because he and his father share the same name...To differentiate between Albert Jr. and his father, his mom would call her son Tico...His father, Albert Sr., played baseball in Cuba before defecting to the United States...Is extremely close with Padres infielder Manny Machado, whom he considers a cousin despite not actually being related...As kids, the two dreamed of playing pro baseball and winning a World Series together...The two first played against each other in the majors on July 15, 2017, in a Cubs-Orioles game at Camden Yards...Almora Jr. homered on the first pitch of his first at-bat...Made his major league debut in June 2016 and married his wife, Krystal, one month later on a Cubs off day...The day after his wedding, he was optioned to Triple-A Iowa...He would return to the major league roster in September and eventually scored the game-winning run in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series...Has also gone by the nickname "Flying Cat," or "gato volador" in Spanish...Almora said "I used to fly around in the outfield."
Appeared in 28 games for Chicago-NL, mostly as a defensive replacement...Made six starts in center field.
Albert spent the majority of the season with the Cubs except for a stint with Triple-A Iowa from August 16-September 1...batted .236 (80-for-339) with a career-high 12 homers in 130 games with the Cubs....Tied his career-high with four hits, April 26 at Arizona, going 4-for-5 with a double and run scored....Hit safely in a season-high six-straight games, May 9-15 (.292/7-for-24)....Hit a two-run homer off Max Scherzer, May 17 at Washington....Hit his first-career grand slam, May 22 vs. Philadelphia...broke a 3-3 tie in the fifth inning, leading the Cubs to an 8-4 victory....Hit his first-career pinch-hit homer, July 14 vs. Pittsburgh....Went 3-for-3 with a homer and two RBI, August 3 vs. Milwaukee...the homer was a go-ahead shot in the seventh, helping the Cubs to a 4-1 win....After batting .182 (10-for-55) with no extra-base hits in his first 21 games through April 24, he batted .337 (28-for-83) with seven doubles, five homers and 14 RBI in his next 24 games through May 22...beginning May 23, he batted .209 (42-for-201) through the end of the season....Hit just .213 (23-for-108) against lefties...had a .342 (38-for-111) average vs. lefties in 2017 and a .295 (39-for-132) mark vs. lefties in 2018....Batted .224 (11-for-49) with three doubles, one triple and two RBI in 13 games with Iowa.
Albert batted .286 (127-for-444) with 24 doubles and five homers in a career-high 152 games ... enjoyed a torrid first half to help set career-high marks in hits and doubles ... the Cubs went 53-41 in his 94 starts ... Finished the season's first half third in the N.L. with a .319 average, becoming the first Cub since Derrek Lee in 2007 to enter the All-Star Break among the top-five in batting average among N.L. qualifying batters ... Entered July with a .332 batting average (80-for-241), second-highest in the N.L., a .369 on-base percentage and an .830 OPS ... batted .232 (47-for-203) with a .267 OBP and .548 OPS from July 1 through season's end ... Batted .295 (39-for-132) against lefties and .282 (88-for-312) against righties ... Appeared in 50 games in the leadoff position, batting .333 (66-for-198) with 13 doubles, two homers and 22 RBI ... Recorded just three errors in 272 total chances, good for a .989 fielding percentage ... Recorded a career-high 11-game hitting streak, April 11-28 ... batted .370 (17-for-46) with four doubles, a homer and five RBI during the run ... was the longest streak by a Cubs outfielder since Marlon Byrd in 2011 ... Collected a career-best four hits and scored a career-high four runs, April 20 at Colorado ... Hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning, June 19 vs. the Dodgers (game two) ... was his first-career walk-off RBI ... recorded a second walk-off RBI, September 26 vs. Pittsburgh (10th inning single) ... Went 2-for-5 in the N.L. Wild Card game vs. Colorado, his first-career postseason multi-hit game.
Albert batted .298 (89-for-299) in his first full season with the Cubs ... excelled against lefties, batting .342 (38-for-111) with a .411 OBP... Closed the season strong, batting .343 (47-for-137) with five homers, 31 RBI and a .873 OPS in 64 games beginning July 4... Made 65 starts in center field ... the Cubs were 38-27 in those games ... posted a .994 fielding percentage, making just one error in 166 chances... Was one of five position players to spend the entire season on the Cubs active roster... Batted .380 (27-for-71) coming off the bench, including a .341 mark (14-for-41) as a pinch-hitter ... his .341 average as a pinch-hitter ranked fourth in the National League ... was one of nine N.L. hitters with at least 10 pinch-hit RBI, yet was the only player to do so without a pinch-hit homer... Entered as a substitute in the seventh inning, September 13 vs. the Mets, and recorded a career-high six RBI, going 2-for-2 with a homer and a triple... Became the first Cub to come off the bench and drive in at least six RBI with seven total bases … in fact, the only other Cub to drive in six runs off the bench is Mandy Brooks, who did so on August 25, 1925 at Philadelphia... Three times matched his career high with three hits, last done September 16 vs. the Cardinals... Batted .327 (18-for-55) with 11 RBI in 24 August games, one of three qualifying Cubs batters to hit over .300 in the month... Hit .347 (17-for-49) with four doubles, a triple, three homers and 15 RBI in 25 September/October games ... his .347 average ranked 10th in the N.L. in the season's final month ... batted .433 (13-for-30) with 11 RBI in his last 16 games... Committed his first-career error, July 28 ... snapped a career-opening streak of 102-straight games in the field without a miscue... Posted a career-high tying six-game hitting streak, July 4-18 (.471/8-for-17)... Drew a career-best three walks, June 26 at the Nationals... April 4 in St. Louis, making his first start of the season in center field, robbed Matt Adams of a home run to preserve a 2-1 lead in the seventh inning... Batted .227 (5-for-22) in nine postseason games ... hit a game-tying RBI single in the seventh inning of NLDS Game Three to help lead the Cubs to a 2-1 triumph ... hit a two-run homer off Clayton Kershaw in NLCS Game One, his first-career postseason homer.
Albert had two stints with the Cubs, his first major league action ... batted .277 (31-for-112) with nine doubles, three homers and 14 RBI in 47 games ... was with the club from June 7-July 22 and from September 6 through the end of the season ... Began the season with Triple-A Iowa, his first time at the Triple-A level ... batted .318 (68-for-214) with 12 doubles, three triples and three home runs in 55 games before being selected by the Cubs, June 7 ... Made his major league debut, June 7 at Philadelphia, and collected his first hit the following afternoon, going 1-for-4 with a run scored and RBI ... hit .429 (9-for-21) with four doubles and five RBI in his first nine games, including a 3-for-4 effort, June 17 vs. Pittsburgh ... Recorded his first major league homer, June 29 at Cincinnati, in the Cubs 9-2 triumph ... Was optioned back to Iowa, July 22, where he spent the remainder of the minor league season ... finished his Triple-A campaign with a .303 average (97-for-320) and a career-high 10 steals in 80 games ... was placed on the seven-day minor league disabled list, August 14 (retroactive to August 11), with a left thumb injury ... was activated, August 27 ... Was recalled, September 6, and finished the season in Chicago, batting .310 (9-for-29) in 13 games ... Drove in two runs in consecutive games, September 11 at Houston and September 16 vs. Milwaukee ... Collected his second three-hit game, September 26 at Pittsburgh, going 3-for-6 with a double, RBI and two runs scored ... Saw time in all three outfield spots with the Cubs, including 33 games (18 starts) in center field ... Batted .349 (22-for-63) with a .379 OBP in 28 road games compared to a .184 average (9-for-49) with a .216 OBP in 19 games at Wrigley Field ... Appeared in nine playoff games, primarily as a defensive replacement ... started Game Six of the NLCS ... overall, went hitless in 10 at-bats, but did score the game-winning run of Game Seven of the World Series after entering as a pinch-runner.
Albert spent the entire campaign with Tennessee, batting .272 (110-for-405) with 26 doubles, four triples, six homers and 46 RBI in 106 games … marked his first full season at the Double-A level after appearing in 36 games with Tennessee in 2014 … Posted a 13-game hitting streak (.434/23-for-53), August 4-16, including seven-consecutive multi-hit games … Named the Cubs Minor League Player of the Month for August after batting .352 (44-for-125) with 14 doubles, 22 runs scored and 15 RBI in 31 games … Recorded a season-high five hits, April 18 against Pensacola, marking his fifth career five-hit game … Batted .322 (29-for-90) off lefties compared to .257 (81-for-315) off righties … Competed in the Pan American Games from July 10-19 in Ajax, Ontario … Was placed on the seven-day disabled list, April 28-May 6, with a concussion.
Albert split the season between Single-A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee, playing in 125 games ... hit .270 (137-for-508) to go along with career highs in doubles (27), home runs (nine) and RBI (60) ... drew 14 walks and struck out 69 times in 529 plate appearances ... Combined to play 119 games in center field, and recorded a .993 fielding percentage (2 E/285 TC) with 10 assists ... Began the season with Daytona, and batted .283 (104-for-367) with 20 doubles, two triples, seven homers and 50 RBI in 89 games ... Hit .301 (34-for-113) against lefties in the Florida State League ... hit .276 (70-for-254) against righthanders ... Batted .377 (29-for-77) in 18 July contests prior to his promotion to Tennessee, July 24. w Hit for the cycle, July 14 vs. Jupiter, going 5-for-7 with four runs scored and five RBI ... was the fourth cycle in Daytona franchise history ... Played 36 games with Tennessee in his first career action at the Double-A level ... hit .234 (33-for-141) with seven doubles, two triples, two homers and 10 RBI ... At season's end was the fourth-youngest player in the Southern League and the ninth-youngest at the Double-A level.
Albert spent the campaign with Single-A Kane County, and batted .329 (82-for-249) with 17 doubles, four triples, three home runs and 23 RBI despite two trips to the minor league disabled list ... had a .376 on-base percentage and a .466 slugging mark...Batted .417 (20-for-48) against left-handed pitching ... had a .308 average (62-for-201) against righthanders...Posted a .283 average (15-for-53) with 20 RBI with runners in scoring position...Had a .994 fielding percentage (1 E/172 TC) with seven assists in 59 games in center field...Named Midwest League Player of the Week for May 20-26, batting .538 with five doubles...Was on Kane County's disabled list, April 4-May 22, due to a hamate bone fracture in his left hand ... was also on the shelf, August 5-September 3, with a right groin strain...Earned a spot on the Arizona Fall League's West Division Fall Stars team ... hit .307 (23-for-75) with six doubles, two triples, one homer and 12 RBI in 21 games for the Mesa Solar Sox..Was the youngest player in the Arizona Fall League.
After he was selected by Chicago with the sixth overall pick in the June draft, Albert batted .321 (45-for-140) with 12 doubles, one triple, two homers and 19 RBI in 33 games between Rookie League Mesa and Single-A Boise...Combined to bat .366 (15-for-41) against left-handed pitching ... had a .303 average (30-for-99) against righties...Joined the Mesa Cubs on July 23 vs. the Brewers, and hit a home run...Recorded a five-hit game, August 13, vs. the Reds ... was promoted to Boise the next day...Hit .292 (19-for-65) with eight extra-base hits in 15 regular season games with Boise, helping the club to the championship round in postseason play.