Former Jefferson University Ram Abraham Almonte enjoying life as a pro

Matt Leon
August 08, 2018 - 2:46 pm
Abraham Almonte had a 2.41 ERA during his career at Division II Jefferson University (then known as Philadelphia University).

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Abraham Almonte is having fun. The Division II Jefferson University — formerly Philadelphia University — product is pitching out of the bullpen this season for the Single-A Kane County Cougars in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.

This is Almonte's first full season in the pros after being drafted in the 26th round in 2017 by Arizona. While a full season is a grind, Almonte said he makes sure to take a step back and appreciate what he is getting the chance to do.

"That's the biggest thing that gets overlooked," he added. "You play every single day, you want to move up the levels as quickly as possible and you never really get a chance to just step back and just be thankful and just see how blessed you are to be in the position you are today. That's why I have good people around me, who keep me in check and always help me take a good perspective on things and just show how many people would love to be in the position I am."

Almonte has made 32 appearances this season for the Cougars. He is 0-3 with a 4.28 ERA and two saves. In 48 1/3 innings he has struck out 47 batters while walking just 18. As is often the case with relievers, his numbers are a bit skewed by one bad outing. Back in late April, he allowed five runs in an appearance while getting just two outs. Take that one game away, and Almonte's ERA shrinks down to 3.40. 

He said he has filled a variety of roles this season out of the bullpen.

"I closed earlier in the season," he said. "Lately it's been an inning here, two innings there. It's just kind of getting my feet wet and just getting outs and whatever the team needs me to do, I'll do it."

Almonte started his college career at Texas A&M International University before transferring to Jefferson. He noted the move couldn't have turned out better.

"It just allowed me to really find myself as a player," he said. "I was able to really take a step a back and realize what my flaws were and what I needed to get better on, along with the coaches obviously telling me what I needed to get better at. I had more time to really develop those skills at Philadelphia University, which allowed me to be put in the position I am today, which is to play professionally."

While he is waist deep into life in the pros, Almonte said he still keeps strong ties with everyone from his college days.

"They are all my brothers over there," he added. "I talk with (Jefferson head coach Pat Horvath) all the time and (Anthony Goncalves), the assistant coach, always texts me all the time."

Almonte and the rest of the Kane County Cougars will host Peoria on Wednesday night.

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