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When the Mets selected hard-throwing RHP Matthew Allan in the third round (89th overall) of the 2019 MLB Draft, they got a first-round talent who SNY contributor and former Mets front office member Adam Fisher referred to at the time as the "linchpin" of their draft.
Allan, who turned 19 years old this past April, dropped out of the first round and all the way to the Mets at No. 89 because of signability concerns. But New York walked a bit of a tightrope when giving out its signing bonuses, and were able to get Allan signed under its alloted bonus pool.
A right-hander with top of the rotation potential who is already reaching 97 mph with his fastball, Allan has joined SS Ronny Mauricio, C Francisco Alvarez, and 3B Brett Baty as one of four true blue chip prospects in the Mets' organization.
A look at Allan...
What scouts are saying
"Big, strong and physical with present stuff, Allan does not require as much physical projection as the typical high school pick. It could allow him to move relatively quickly through the Minors for a player his age, though the Mets understandably will exercise caution in developing their young right-hander. With his combination (of) size, stuff and feel, Allan has all the ingredients needed to become a potential frontline starter." - MLB Pipeline
"There's just a ton to like about Matt -- not only what he does on the field, but also off the field. He's got a warrior work ethic. A very serious student of the game. Somebody that's only going to get better. He just checks a lot of boxes in the pitching category." - Mets VP of amateur scouting Tommy Tanous
What happens in 2020?
When it comes to Allan, who could be a quick riser through the system due in part to his build (6' 3", 225 pounds) and pitching IQ, he was expected to start the 2020 season with Low-A Columbia.
Like every minor leaguer -- and especially those who aren't close to the majors -- Allan's 2020 season and his development could be impacted in a big way due to the coronavirus pandemic.
While MLB is targeting the early part of July to start the big league season, it is not yet clear if any portion of the minor league season will be played. If it isn't, minor leaguers could potentially participate in game action by playing intrasquad games at spring training sites or elsewhere.
What the future could hold
Allan has the potential to pitch at the top of a big league rotation, perhaps by 2022. It seems likelier that his big league debut will happen at some point in 2023, but it should be noted that the Mets have been more aggressive lately when it comes to moving their top prospects through the minors.
The Mets have starting pitchers who are much closer than Allan to contributing in the majors, such as David Peterson, Kevin Smith, Franklyn Kilome, and Thomas Szapucki (if one or two of the latter don't wind up in the bullpen).
And the Mets have some other high upside pitchers in the lower levels of the minors, like Josh Wolf and Robert Dominguez.
But it can be argued that Allan has more potential than any pitcher in New York's minor league system.
In the dream scenario, Allan reaches his potential and is the No. 2 to Jacob deGrom's No. 1 a few seasons from now, with Wolf and Peterson also carving out roles in the Mets' starting rotation of the future.