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Monday, July 23, 2012
Almora announces his pro debut is Monday

By Doug Padilla

PITTSBURGH -- Chicago Cubs first-round draft pick Albert Almora was set to make his pro debut Monday, four days after another highly-touted prospect, Jorge Soler, made his first game appearance.

Almora announced on his Twitter account that he will be getting into a game. “Pro debut today! I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time! #pumped,” he wrote.

Almora is expected to get started with the Cubs’ Arizona Rookie League team in Mesa. A strong showing there could earn the outfielder a promotion to Single-A Boise and possibly beyond.

Soler made his debut with Mesa on Thursday, going hitless in three at-bats. On Sunday, Soler went 2-for-4 for Mesa, with a home run.