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1 stat that has never mattered much to Reds' outfielder Albert Almora Jr.

Cincinnati Reds right fielder Albert Almora Jr. (3) celebrates after hitting a game tying solo home run.
Cincinnati Reds right fielder Albert Almora Jr. (3) celebrates after hitting a game tying solo home run. / Albert Cesare / The Enquirer / USA TODAY

Albert Almora Jr. has rejuvenated his career this season. A thorn in the Cincinnati Reds' side during his many years in the Chicago Cubs organization, the outfielder has become one of the most irreplaceable players in David Bell's lineup.

Almora Jr. went deep again on Tuesday night in Cincinnati's 8-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. After a 2021 season that saw him play in just 47 games with the New York Mets and hit just .115, Almora Jr. is hitting .287 with the Reds this season.

But while Almora Jr.'s slugging percentage is currently sitting at an all-time high (.478), his on-base percentage is just barely over .300. But that stat has never meant much to Albert Almora Jr.

Reds' OF Albert Almora Jr. has never had a high on-base percentage.

Despite owning a .287 batting average, Albert Almora Jr. has an on-base percentage of just .303. But getting on base has never been the 28-year-old's calling card. For his career, Almora Jr. has an OBP of just .303.

Over the last three seasons, Almora Jr.'s on-base percentage is just .256. The biggest reason for this low number, besides his .216 batting average during that stretch, is the extremely low walk-rate. Almora Jr. was reaching base via the free pass just 4.7% of the time. That number is even lower in 2022 as his three walks in 120 plate appearances result in a 2.5% walk-rate.

But with a strikeout-rate of only 15.0%, there's not much to complain about. So long as Almora Jr. continues to make contact and put balls in play, the Florida native can use his speed to reach base effectively.

Over his last seven games, Albert Almora Jr. has posted an OPS of 1.125, but his batting average (.292) and on-base percentage (.292) are exactly the same. That's right, Almora Jr. has not drawn a walk in his previous 24 plate appearances. But that aggressive approach is nothing new for Almora Jr. and is yielding very positive results this season.

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