8/14 Almora promoted
Outfielder Albert Almora, the Cubs’ No. 1 pick in the June First-Year Player Draft, was promoted from the Mesa Rookie League team to Class A Boise, and was expected to join the Hawks on Wednesday. Almora went 5-for-6 Monday to lead a 25-hit attack and help Mesa beat the Reds, 17-7. Almora was batting .413 in his last 10 games.
“He’s done a real nice job the last week to 10 days,” Theo Epstein said Tuesday. “For him, it was a matter of getting his timing down. He has a leg kick, and sometimes those guys have to see a lot of live pitching to get their timing locked in. He can drive the ball all over the field recently. We think he’s pretty advanced for an 18-year-old.”
— Carrie Muskat