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Prep hitter Almora impresses with bat

Updated: March 19, 2012, 6:01 PM ET
By Kiley McDaniel

A scout is always in search of the best game to attend, and the ones that match up multiple high-profile prospects will always draw big crowds. The Selective Recruiting Invitational this week in Miami was home to nearly every notable prospect in the area with the opening games Monday drawing nearly 150 scouts. I headed south to see each of these four players.

The headliner of this group was Mater Academy center fielder Albert Almora. Almora is ranked 27th on Keith's most recent top 50 draft prospects ranking and has been a known quantity for years as a top performer in showcases and for travel teams and Team USA.

Taking batting practice in front of the assembled masses on Monday, Almora put on a power show, depositing pitch after pitch well over the wall in left field. His raw power is above-average now, carries over to games and projects to be plus as he fills out his upper body. He hit a ball to the 400-foot sign Monday on a pitch where he was jammed and rushed his swing. Tuesday, he hit an opposite field home run despite leaking his hips open way too early. Wednesday, Almora hit a mammoth bomb over 400 feet.

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