The lone pitcher acquired by the Padres in the Craig Kimbrel trade was lefty Logan Allen. Allen is the first player to be traded from the 2015 draft and is the first draftee to be traded under the “Trea Turner rule” which was created because of our very own A.J. Preller. After Trea Turner was forced to play in the Padres system until a year from the day he was drafted despite knowing he had been traded to the Nationals. Now draft picks can be traded after the World Series to avoid that situation again.
Allen was drafted in the 8th round out of IMG Academy. He was teammates with Padres’ third round pick, Jacob Nix at IMG Academy. He’s just 18 years old and has thrown less than 30 innings as a professional, so it’s tough to get much information on him. In his lone year at IMG Academy the lefty had a great year. He made 9 starts going 9-0, posting an ERA of 0.87, a WHIP of 0.56 and striking out 73 while walking 11. It’s pretty clear that he was head and shoulders above the competition he faced with numbers like those.
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After being drafted the Red Sox sent him to the Florida Gulf Coast League, and he didn’t slow down there. He made 7 starts, but pitched just 20 innings. In those 20 innings he dominated. He allowed just 2 runs on 12 hits while striking out 24 and walking just 1 batter. He then earned himself one start in low-A. He struggled a little in that start, only going 4 1/3 innings allowing 1 run on 6 hits and striking out 2 while not issuing any walks. After averaging less than 3 innings in his previous 7 starts, being stretched out for a full start was likely a challenge especially when the competition is better.
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At the end of the day it’s tough to know who Logan Allen is. He’s really young and has dominated everywhere he’s gone, and is a lefty who can already throw 90+ with an above average changeup and curveball for his age. That sounds really good, but until we see him face real competition were not going to be able to tell how could those pitches really are. Hopefully he keeps dominating, but he fell to the 8th round of the draft just a few months ago for a reason, and were going to find out that reason sooner or later.