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School: San Diego State; Class: Junior
Position: CF; B/T: B/R
Height: 6-0; Weight: 175 pounds
Previously Drafted: N/A
Background: A three-year starter for Coach Tony Gwynn at San Diego State, Allen’s production has seemingly stagnated over the past couple of seasons. The switch-hitting center fielder has posted nearly identical OPSs of .786, .748, and .767.
But it’s the development in his plate discipline that’s stood out so far. His strikeout-to-walk rates have improved from 41-to-19 to 40-to-36 to 29-to-25.
Allen has also tied a career best with 25 stolen bases this season.
Projection: Allen has one true standout tool, his speed, and a couple average-ish skills (his bat and plate discipline), but the complete lack of power will push him into a backup role in the professional levels. And depending upon how his defense grades out, he might actually be relegated into fifth outfielderdom.
He’s only 21-years-old, but in terms of a baseball ceiling, Allen’s already near his peak right now.
Ceiling: 0.5- to 1.0-win player
Floor: Replacement Level
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low to Moderate
Draft Projection: Fourth/Fifth Round
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