People have been waiting for things to fully click with Albert Almora for a while.
That moment may be here if the last five weeks are any indication.
Almora - the first draft pick of Theo Epstein's rebulit front office with the Cubs back in 2012 - had a scorching August, earning the organization's minor league player of the month as announced Thursday.
The Double-A Tennessee outfielder played in 31 games in August, hitting .352 with a .917 OPS, clubbing 14 doubles, one homer and one triple while driving in 15 runs and scoring 22. He showed patience with 11 walks to only 13 strikeouts and even stole a pair of bases.
From Aug. 4-16, Almora had a 13-game hitting streak that also featured seven straight games with multiple hits. He led the Southern League in hits, average, doubles and was second in runs scored during the month.
Almora is still only 21 and found his name on top prospect lists prior to the 2015 season (38th on Baseball Prospectus, 57th on MLB.com), even if he fell of Baseball America's Top 100 list.
Almora's hot month has helped his overall numbers look solid in his fourth season in the Cubs system. He's up to a .276 average and .736 OPS now, with 26 doubles, four triples and six homers in 2015.
He also has set a new career best with 31 walks, starting to show the patience and plate approach the Cubs have been hoping for. Add that to his miniscule strikeout rate (only 46 whiffs in 399 at-bats) and it looks like he's making some adjustments at the plate to go with his stellar defense in center field.
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Right-handed pitcher Oscar De La Cruz, a 20-year-old with class-A Eugene, earned the Cubs' minor league pitcher of the month honor after going 3-1 with a 2.73 ERA in five starts.