During the course of the offseason I will look at the Indians top prospects in a new feature to Redline Radio Sports called Indians Prospect Capsule. In these segments I will review the 2017 season for each prospect and look at their long term potential and fit with the Indians.
Greg Allen is currently ranked by Baseball America as the Indians 10th ranked prospect. The Indians drafted Allen in the 6th round of the 2014 MLB draft out of San Diego State. He started out the 2017 season with the AA Akron Rubberducks. Allen missed almost half of the season suffering from a broken hamate bone on his right hand after being hit by a pitch in a May 8th game vs Altoona. Overall in 71 games with Akron he batted .264 with 2 homeruns and 24 RBI. He also stole 21 bases in 23 attempts. Allen earned a September call-up to the Indians and was promoted on September 1st when the rosters expanded to 40. When Indians centerfielder Bradley Zimmer was injured in September, Allen received some unexpected playing time down the stretch of the regular season. In 35 at bats Allen hit .229 with 1 homerun and 6 RBI. He showed off his speed and defensive ability in centerfield making several nice defensive plays. The Zimmer injury coupled with Allen’s speed and superior defense landed him a spot on the Indians 25-man roster for the ALDS against the Yankees. He appeared in two games in the series but did not register a plate appearance.
Allen projects as a lead-off hitter with speed and an above average defensive centerfielder. He is not going to provide much power at the plate but he does have a good feel for the strike zone. Allen projects as more of a line drive hitter than power hitter. With his speed he should be an extra base (doubles/triples) threat. His speed will be a weapon at the top of the order if he can consistently get on base. That speed also gives him elite range covering ground in the outfield to go along with his solid glove. With Bradley Zimmer set to be the Indians regular centerfielder in 2018, Allen could see some time at AAA Columbus before seeing time as the Indians fourth outfielder. If he can continue the improvement with his bat Allen has the tools to be a regular major league outfielder in the future.