High Scout: “He’s killing the ball, and it looks sustainable to me. He has great hand-eye coordination, and he has a swing that lets him hit the ball hard the opposite way. I don’t think we’re talking about a batting champ in the future, but I think Almora can hit for average as a big leaguer, I really do.”
Low Scout: “He’s made some mechanical adjustments, I think. He’s shorter to the ball, and he’s making more hard contact. I just am not sold that his approach can work at the highest level. He’s not your prototypical hacker, but he doesn’t work counts, and unless you’re Jose Altuve or someone like that, it doesn’t work that well.”
High Scout grade: 55
Low Scout grade: 45
It's worth pointing out that last season when a lot of fans started to think less of Almora, he was putting together a pretty good season (105 wRC+). It's not a whole lot different in terms of overall value (117 wRC+ so far this year), but he did it very differently. Last year he improved his walk rate so much that I started to think more highly of him. This year it's back down to such low levels it's difficult to imagine it working out long-term for him. Oh well, he's hot right now and having a great season. A low walk rate is somewhat understandable if you're hitting as well as he currently is.