In what was one of the worst kept secrets, but the Cubs have selected Albert Almora out of Mater Academy, Hialeah Gardens, Florida. He's a potential 5 tool outfielder who has perhaps the best combination of upside, polish, and experience. He is considered to have an off the charts mental makeup, including an incredible work ethic. That makes him more likely than most picks to reach his potential.
I said this in my very first mock draft (although I had the Cubs taking Kyle Zimmer),
The Cubs aren't about to tell me what their draft plans are, but my Cubbie-senses are tingling that Almora is on their radar. He just fits the profile of the kind of player both Sr. VP of Scouting Jason McLeod and Director of Amateur Scouting Tim Wilken seem to like. He's athletic, he plays a premium position and he has a nice swing with an advanced feel for hitting.
Almora has been a member of Team USA 6 times, including being named USA Baseball's 2011 athlete of the year. He was also named the MVP of the 18-and-under Pan American Championships in Colombia in November 2011.
According to Baseball America one scout said the following about Almora,
"(Almora) has no issues. He's got above-average tools everywhere, and they all play. He has tools and he uses them."
The Cubs were looking for impact talent and Almora projects as an all-star. He already plays above average defense, despite not possessing great speed, and has a great arm. Almora has an advanced swing with good bat speed and a feel for hitting. Some worry a bit about his high leg kick, but that is likely something that will be tweaked at the pro level. His hitting mechanics and hand-eye coordination are excellent. Almora is a natural, instinctual player with an impeccable work ethic.
MLB Network compared Almora to both Ryan Braun and Adam Jones, although in my opinion he's closer to Jones.
There were rumors that the Cubs would have taken Almora even if they'd had the #1 pick in the draft, so they have to be excited they could get him at #6.
Looks like our front office got their man, so Cubs fans should be excited if we trust in Theo.