Height/Weight: 6’3”, 195 lbs
Acquired: 24th round, 2008 draft
Born: 2/12/90 (Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal)
Why Ranked Here: Allen, who’s well built at 6’3” and 195 lbs, sports a fringy fastball with an unusually well developed offspeed repertoire. Allen’s heater hit 91, but was more regularly 89. Both his changeup and curveball approach average MLB movement, although his command of both, particularly his change, is below average. In terms of pitching sequence to hitters, especially rookie ball hitters, Allen fell too in love with his offspeed stuff. He actually had more success working off his fastball, which is the pitch he commands best.
2008: Six of Allen’s first seven appearances came out of the bullpen, while his final four appearance of the year came as a starter. All told, he had a very strong K/BB ratio (4.5) and struck out more than a batter an inning with a groundball to flyball ratio approaching two. In short, it was a fine statistical year.
Dr. Pangloss Says: Allen’s feel for a breaking ball could make him a bullpen asset. Should he add life on his fastball (not out of the question at age 19 on Opening Day ‘09) he would instantly become a starting rotation candidate.
On the Flipside: If Allen’s fastball doesn’t progress, his ceiling will be rather limited.
Projected 2009 Start: Savannah rotation.