Here's everything you need to know about Mets prospect Matthew Allan...
Weight: 225 pounds
MLB Pipeline Mets Prospect Ranking: 4
2019 Statistics: 1-0 record with a 2.61 ERA over 10.1 innings pitched. Allowed 10 hits and 5 walks while striking out 14.
Matthew Allan attended Seminole High School in Sanford, Florida, where he was on the national radar for much of his high school career. His sophomore and junior season he was a third team pre-season All-American. He participated in the 2017 Perfect Game Junior National Showcase as well as the 2018 Perfect Game National Showcase. Due to a good performance and uptick in velocity while on the summer showcase circuit after his junior year, he was firmly on the map as one of the top high school arms in the country. He was a first-team All-American going into his senior year.
Going into the 2019 MLB Draft, Allan was ranked by Baseball America, MLB Pipeline, and ESPN as the top high school pitcher in the entire draft. As far as an overall prospect, he was ranked 16th by Baseball America, 13th by MLB Pipeline and 11th by ESPN. Allan had a commitment to the University of Florida and a reported asking price of $4 million, which proved to not be the case. In fact, the Cubs were planning on selecting Allan at the end of the first round, but when they could not agree to a deal with his advisor, Scott Boras, they passed.
Once Allan was not selected in the first night of the draft, the college commitment and the reported price tag made it seem as if Allan was going to fall very far in the draft and end up at Florida and re-visit the draft in 3 years. I was listening to the MLB.com feed of the draft and I don't believe in my 15 years of following the draft that I was ever more shocked when I heard announced that with the 89th pick the New York Mets select "Allan, Matthew," a right-handed pitcher from Seminole High School in Florida. I quickly double-checked that it was indeed the Matthew Allan that I thought it was.
It was third round of the draft and at this point I considered Allan someone who would not be able to be signed. As was reported by Tim Britton of The Athletic, Jon Updike, who was the Mets area scout in Florida, had been watching Allan develop for four years and more importantly built a relationship with Allan and his family. If there was a scout in all of baseball who had an idea of Allan's willingness to sign, it was Updike. Brodie Van Wagenen was also very important in this decision as he spent a lot of time on the phone with Boras negotiating. By selecting Allan and agreeing to a $2.5 million signing bonus, going significantly over slot, the Mets had to save bonus slot money by drafting essentially exclusively college seniors rounds 4 through 10.
With the Mets
After signing with the Mets, Allan only got into six games, five of which were in the rookie level Gulf Coast League. In 8.1 innings in the GCL he allowed five hits, four walks and struck out 11. The Mets gave Allan the opportunity to pitch one game for the short-season A-ball Brooklyn Cyclones, which is a level typically made up 21- and 22-year-old prospects, while Allan was 18 and a couple months removed from graduating high school. He threw two innings, allowed two runs and struck out three.
Allan is not your typical high school draft prospect. He is a much more polished arm who is already well built. He isn't a projectable 6-foot-3, 185-pound type of arm; he already is built like a big league pitcher at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds. As Updike said about Allan, if you wanted to build a pitching prospect, it would look like Allan. He has a clean and easy delivery with a smooth arm action. You'd be hard pressed to find a scout with much issue with his delivery. Allan sports a three-pitch mix: a plus fastball that will get up to 97 mph with an average spin rate of 2,450 RPMs that he has shown the ability to maintain velocity deep into starts. His top secondary pitch is a power 12-to-6 curveball that he throws in the low 80s with an average spin rate of 2,600 RPMs. His third offering is a changeup that he has worked diligently on and right now looks like an above average offering with potential to be better.
Allan has all the makings of a No. 2 starter with a workhorse-type build, two-plus pitches and a third above average offering. There always is risk with high school arms as they tend to have some of the widest range of outcomes among drafted players. I ranked Allan as the third best prospect in the Mets system in my top 20 prospects list for SNY. I expect him to start the 2020 season with Low-A Columbia.