8/22/13 - Nathaniel Stolz of FanGraphs
Almonte’s combination of a lively heater, plus changeup, and solid control paint the picture of a Jarrod Parker sort of pitcher, though he throws harder and with more movement than Parker and may develop better command and a more reliable breaking pitch as well. It’s also worth noting that Almonte has a bit of room left to fill out his skinny frame (though he won’t carry a ton of extra weight on it), and could pick up another tick on his fastball on his ascent toward the majors. He doesn’t quite have the elite stuff to be a top-25 prospect or a potential ace, but he has plenty of already-established stuff and skills and the time and aptitude to refine other areas into strengths. He thus carries a relatively high ceiling–a good #3 starter, or even a #2 if the curve comes around–and a nice, high floor for an A-ball arm.
4/30/13 - Mark Smith of FanGraphs
Despite his slight frame, he brings the arm strength – sitting 91-92 while touching 93. Almonte adds a strong change-up with sink and tail that he turned over well at 81-82 and had batters flailing. His curveball is his third pitch, and it lags behind the change-up, though he did throw a couple solid ones at 76-77. The issue in his start was his command, possibly caused by a choppy delivery. He starts with several mini steps to turn his body and lift his leg, and he also has inconsistent hand movement – starting them at his belt, moving them up to his chest, back to his belt, and back up before taking his arm back.
3/27/13 - Keith Law at ESPN
Miguel Almonte, the No. 10 prospect in the Royals’ system and one of several sleeper prospects I named for Kansas City, was 93-96, up from 91-94 when I saw him last summer, with an above-average changeup at 84-85 that he just needs to stay on top of better through his delivery. He turns 20 next week, and even though he has only 27 innings in the U.S. so far, I think he’d be ready for some kind of role in full-season ball.
9/28/12 - Prospects Will Break Your Heart - Fall Instructional League Report: Part 2 by Jason Parks at Baseball Prospectus