Mike begins with some praise for Allen's athleticism:
In starts versus Kannapolis (White Sox) and Hickory (Rangers), Allen was the best athlete on the field, bar none. This is a player who ran a 6.6, 60-yard dash and threw 98 MPH from the outfield prior to being drafted. At 6′3″, 195 lbs, his physique is one which can add another 20-25 lbs....He also has fluid mechanics and easy arm action at 90 MPH which also bodes well for a future spike in velocity.The 98 mph sounds fanciful at best, but he is a good athlete.
Newman moves along to Allen's mound demeanor:
A work in progress, Allen is a player who can show supreme confidence one inning, and be tentative the next. He works quickly whether he’s throwing strikes or balls which sometimes does not work to his advantage.And now fastball:
Consistently 90-93 MPH, it’s one of the better fastballs I’ve seen this season. With natural boring action in on the hands of right-handed hitters, the pitch flattens out a bit more with each additional tick on the radar gun.That's more velocity than Allen showed me last year, when I had him topping out at 91 and working 89-90. To be working in the 90-92 range is an important development.
And so we move to the slider:
At 83-86 MPH, the pitch already has major league velocity. However, movement is inconsistent at this point as it flashes solid-average down in the zone, but loses its vertical movement when left up.Last year Allen showed me a four-pitch mix that included a curveball and slider. Again, this is harder velocity on the pitch than Allen showed last year. Newman notes that Allen is still working on locating the slidepiece.
With plus arm action already and boring movement similar to his fastball, it is currently his second-best offering. At 85 MPH,...I'll let this stand without comment.
Kyle Allen is limited only by how fast he can pick up the nuances of pitching. Prone to the occasional mental lapse due to lack of experience, he’s still a thrower who gets by on athletic ability and raw stuff.Other things limiting Allen other than picking up pitching's nuances: commanding the fastball, sharpening his slider, working to differentiate his changeup from his fastball, and completing his mental and physical maturation. Still, it's way better from a prospect perspective to see Allen surviving on "athletic ability and raw stuff" rather than polish and deception.