Prized Cubs outfield prospect Albert Almora appears to be coming to the Cougars.
Almora tweeted "Kane County here I come!" at around 9:15 Tuesday morning. The sixth overall pick in last June's draft, Almora had been rehabbing at the Cubs' extended spring training facility in Arizona. He broke the hamate bone in his left hand during spring training and initially was targeted for a mid-May return.
Almora, 19, batted .321 with two home runs and 19 RBIs over 33 games with Rookie League Arizona and Short-A Boise last season. He played with several current Cougars in Boise and has known fellow Floridian Dan Vogelbach, the Cougars' first baseman, since they played Team USA age-group ball as teenagers.
"I talk to him a lot. I think he'll be up here soon," Vogelbach said last week.
Almora was set to begin the season with the Cougars before his injury, manager Mark Johnson said in April.
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