Allen named A’s best defensive prospect for 2021 by MLB.com initially appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Nick Allen has had a fame as being one of many higher defensive prospects in baseball since he was drafted, so it’s no shock to see him named the A’s top defensive prospect going into 2021 by MLB.com.
Allen, the A’s No. four prospect total, got here to the group out of highschool as a glove-first participant. However he steadily has improved his sport offensively, and hit .292 over 244 at-bats in 2019 taking part in with the Stockton Ports in Single-A.
A 3rd-round decide by the A’s again in 2017, Allen additionally was a midseason All-Star with the Ports in 2019.
He not too long ago spoke to MLB Pipeline’s Jonathan Mayo about how his work over the summer time on the A’s alternate web site camp helped him.
“I assumed final yr, the 2020 season, being on the alternate web site, I simply discovered a lot,” Allen mentioned. “You did not get numerous at-bats, however you bought to face numerous pitchers which have stuff on the larger ranges and actually know how you can command their pitches and sequences.
“For me, I developed in that facet. Methods to step within the field, how you can formulate a sport plan … that is actually the place I developed rather a lot.”
It stays to be seen whether or not the A’s might be bringing Marcus Semien again in free company, however we’d not be too distant from seeing the 22-year-old Allen getting an opportunity to earn a spot on the big-league roster.
Robert Puason is also a shortstop and is the A’s No. 2 prospect total, however the 18-year-old possible is not less than a couple of years away from MLB motion.