Austin Allen

Position: C
Level: AFL
Affiliate: Peoria Javelinas
League: Arizona Fall League
Born: 01/16/1994 (Age: 25)
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 225
B/T: Left / Right
Acquired: 4th Rd., 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft (SDP)

Prospect Spotlight

NOTES FROM THE FIELD, ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE:

  • XL frame, broad throughout, thick hips and lower-half. Very strong.
  • Power+patience approach, draws fastballs and walks to hit for power at the expense of contact. Struggles against LHP, especially same-side spin. Better velocity and command can exploit hole on the inner-third, struggles to adjust the barrel in or out. 
  • Plus raw power is the calling card, drives the ball easily to both fields, explosive contact w/ easy power. Punishes mistakes. 
  • Below-avg runner, not a part of his game.
  • Below-avg defensive catcher. Hard-handed with velocity, though receiving and blocking/targets improved slightly through the fall. 
  • Fringy arm-strength w/ long release; will need to quicken transfer and footwork to get pop times into playable range.

SUMMARY: Long way to go in order to stay behind the plate, think he ultimately winds up a 1B-only type. Don’t see ability to hit lefties enough for everyday ABs on a corner. Big time power gets him to ML, chance to make some noise in platoon role.