#Cubs Almora, De La Cruz honored
The Cubs named Double-A Tennessee outfielder Albert Almora Jr. and Class A Eugene right-handed pitcher Oscar De La Cruz the Minor League player and pitcher of the month for August, respectively.
Almora, 21, batted .352 with 14 doubles, one triple, one home run, 22 runs scored, 15 RBI and 11 walks in 31 August games. He posted a .413 on-base percentage and a .504 slugging percentage, good for a .917 OPS. Almora had a 13-game hitting streak from Aug. 4-16, including seven-straight multi-hit games. He finished the month with 14 multi-hit games and hit safely in 28 of his 31 contests.
Almora also led the Southern League in average and doubles in August, ranked tied for first in hits, second in runs scored, fourth in OPS and seventh in OBP and slugging percentage.
De La Cruz, 20, went 3-1 with a 2.73 ERA (9 ER/29 2/3 IP) in five starts with Eugene, striking out 32 batters and walking five. He held opponents to a .209 average (23-for-110) and a .250 on-base percentage while posting a 0.94 WHIP. He allowed zero earned runs in three of his five outings and did not walk more than one batter in four of his five starts.
De La Cruz led the Northwest League in August in innings pitched, strikeouts, opponents average and WHIP, while tying for the lead in wins and ranking sixth in ERA. After spending each of the last two seasons with the Cubs Dominican Summer League team, De La Cruz is in his first season with Eugene.