Austin Allen may be spared when cutdown time comes. But his time on the Oakland A’s major league roster will likely end whenever Stephen Vogt is healthy.
Allen has several roster issues working against him. Teams typically do not carry three catchers, and as Sean Murphy is in the lineup every day thus far, a third catcher is about as useful as teeth on a chicken. Even if the A’s do decide to keep a third catcher, it would be someone who can play at other positions, such as Christian Bethancourt.
He has not done much with his major league opportunities over the years, with seven extra base hits and 45 strikeouts in his 124 plate appearances thus far. Allen has also been passed over on the depth chart despite his power potential and his former stature as a relatively intriguing prospect.
Chances are, he will get more time in the majors due to injury or as part of a backup catcher shuffle. He just does not appear to have a future beyond being organizational depth for the A’s. When Vogt is healthy, or the rosters have to be cut down, his time in the majors will be over once again.
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