2014 Draft Profile: Greg Allen

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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


Photo Courtesy of Nelvin C. Cepeda / U-T SAN DIEGO via utsandiego.com.







After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.