Nick Allen has been making a name for himself over the past few years. Drafted as a glove first middle infielder with a questionable hit tool, Allen has developed into a surprisingly competent player at the plate. He was named to the All Prospect Team last week, and while he may never hit for anything resembling power, Allen is showing impressive progress as he develops.
That progress has been noted around the game as well. On Sunday, Allen was named as one of the players on the Team USA Olympic Qualifying roster.
Nick Allen getting incredible opportunity
Given his excellent defense and improving bat, it would not be a surprise for Allen to see a decent amount of playing time during the qualifying round. Although there are other players capable of playing in the middle of the infield, none offer the type of potential that Allen has to offer.
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Scouts have been raving about his defense since he was selected in the third round of the 2017 MLB Draft, saying that he was close to major league ready with the glove. That has not changed, as he is viewed as a future Gold Glove winner, a player with incredible instincts, excellent glove work, and a strong arm at the position.
The biggest surprise has been his bat. Oakland had hoped that he would develop enough to produce a batting average around .250, which paired with his speed and defense, would be more than enough to keep him in the lineup. However, he has been more than that, showing an ability to make solid contact and a respectable batting eye, leading to the hope that there may be more offensive potential than previously expected.
This is also an incredible opportunity for Allen to learn from some highly respected veterans throughout the game. He will be able to see how these players prepare and go about their business, getting the chance to pick the brains of some impressive players.
Nick Allen is going to be a part of the Team USA Olympic Qualifying roster. The Oakland A’s prospect is certainly making his presence felt.