It is almost impossible to overstate Nick Allen’s defensive capabilities at this juncture. The Oakland A’s prospect has been considered a future Gold Glove winner at short since the day he was selected in the third round, with his defense being close to major league ready despite being drafted out of high school.
Given that background, it is not a surprise that Allen has received a great deal of attention for his defense already. That continued on Wednesday when he was named to the All Defense team prior to the start of the 2022 season.
Nick Allen continues to receive accolades for his glove
Allen’s glove will give him a path to the majors. Not only can he make all of the routine plays, but his impressive range, strong throwing arm, and exceptional instincts allow him to make those plays reserved for only the most elite of defensive players. It is just a matter of time before it happens.
The bigger question was what type of role Allen would have at the major league level. While his glove impressed, his bat was considered fringy at best. If he could develop enough offensively where his speed can be an asset, he could be an every day player. Otherwise, he would be a glove first utility man.
But Allen has displayed the potential to be more than a utility option. He had a strong showing at Double-A last season and in the Olympics, even showing a bit of pop. While he struggled at Triple-A, it is possible that he will hit enough to be a solid piece in the bottom of the A’s lineup moving forward.
Nick Allen has received plenty of attention for his defense over his career. Being named to the preseason All Defense Team is par for the course.