Bad news for the Cubs, as one of their top prospects has sustained a wrist injury. MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports that center fielder Albert Almora, whom Baseball Prospectus ranks as the 18th-best prospect in all of baseball, is out until May after breaking his hamate bone while taking swings at minor-league camp on Thursday. Muskat notes that Almora should be able to get back to baseball activities within a month's time.
As Muskat points out, Cubs fans are likely to recall, with mounting dread, the wrist injury suffered by Derrek Lee during his North Side days. Almora's injury, though, appears to be far less serious. While you never want a young hitter to experience problems with his wrists or hands, this injury shouldn't alter Almora's trajectory in any meaningful way.
The sixth overall pick of the 2012 draft, Almora, who's still just 18 years, batted an impressive .321/.331/.464 across two lower levels last season.
Here he is homering last season in his Northwest League debut:
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