Video: Cubs' Albert Almora takes BP

Some nice video of Albert Almora, who has one of the smoothest, most fundamentally sound swings in the organization. He starts with a high leg kick, but his great coordination allows him to repeat it easily. Nice job keeping his head still and staying short to the ball. His bat stays in the zone a long time, which will help him make consistent contact and hit for average.

Thanks again to @ericlpauly!

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  • I like the leg left. Looks like good timing mechanism.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    And he keeps his head pretty still. Some may not like the leg kick but even with it, its a nice smooth fundamental swing.

  • John...........this was not a was Practice.... It is as simple as that, It ain't about a game on the line..... It's easy to sum it up ..... We're sitting here, and watching a future franchise player hitting BP..... and we're talking about practice. I mean listen, we're sitting here talking about practice, not a game, but we're talking about practice. Not the game that we go out to watch and die for ...but this is practice....this was not a game....but practice.........How silly is that?

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    Haha! Allen Iverson, is that you?

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    I thought you would get a kick out of that.

  • I'm not sure I see anything great. It seems to me his hands start out pretty high and he has a hitch before setting himself to swing. Shouldn't his hands be starting further back. It just seems to me he has a lot of movement especially with his leg kick before he swings and I though that wasn't a good thing. I'm not an expert so I'm honestly asking, are these things that pitchers will expose as he gets to the higher levels?

  • In reply to Ibleedcubbieblue:

    I don't think so. He's so coordinated that he keeps the rest of his swing in tact and consistent. I think he'll make a ton of contact. Biggest question for me is whether he'll generate enough power -- but saw him hit a couple of long ones. Once in Boise and once in AZ.

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    he does a good job staying on top of the ball. i heard "hit and run" shouted and if it was situational bp he didn't fail once. even the balls that were air lifted were knocks in the gaps, perfect placement.

  • In reply to NateDHummel:

    Good observations , Nate.

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    Thanks, you mike marcel and the crew are phenomenal at the operational standpoint of the organization. I much prefer the pure baseball side, less political. scott boras and his types are really what wound baseball for me

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    you guys are also observant from a pure skill standpoint as well

  • In reply to NateDHummel:

    Thanks Nate!

  • I think he's going to be that prototypical "tough out". His head placement and swing remind me of Garvey. You can also see athlete written all over him.

  • In reply to cubs1969:

    the name that pops into my mind is former Mariner Edgar Martinez, who was very good at limiting movement in his swing and keeping his bat in the zone for a long while.

  • In reply to cubs1969:

    Just very fluid and coordinated. Has great baseball athleticism. I don't know if that's a real term. If not, I'm coining it.

  • If he makes consistent contact, the power will likely come, since he appears to also generate excellent bat speed. As Ted Williams once said, hitting is timing, pitching is upsetting timing. From the first glance at young Mr Almora, it appears his timing is pretty good.

  • In reply to mutant beast:

    I agree.

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