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Zoilo Almonte Starting to Heat Up In Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

by Cory Nidoh | Posted on Thursday, April 17th, 2014
Zoilo Almonte is heating up at the plate in Triple-A.  (Frank Lauri)

Zoilo Almonte is heating up at the plate in Triple-A. (Frank Lauri)

Although not considered a prospect, outfielder Zoilo Almonte has spent time in New York last season with the Yankees and he had some eyes on him during Spring Training. Well, Almonte has turned it on at the plate in the past five games at Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre.

Yes, this is a small sample size and it is still early in the season, but Almonte was one of the many who were struggling out of the gates for the RailRiders. With the departures of John Ryan Murphy and Scott Sizemore due to their call ups to New York, Almonte’s hot hitting is something the RailRiders need.

Almonte has seen his average climb to over .260 due to the recent hot streak. He started the season off 2-for-21 (.095) and in his last five games, the Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native is hitting at a .400 clip (8-for-20) with one homer and three runs driven in. In that span, he now has a modest four game hitting streak.

Almonte, who spent time up in New York last season, is trying to make his way back to the Bronx. Last season, the switch hitter was called up to the Yankees on June 19. He hit .236 for the Bombers with a home run and nine runs driven in 34 games before being placed on the 15-day disabled list with an ankle sprain. Almonte is on the Yankees 40-man roster but more than one outfielder would have to go down in order for him to get a call up anytime soon due to the surplus of outfielders that are on the Yankees roster.

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