Drafted: 2nd round, 36th overall
AGE/DOB: 21, Sept. 5, 1998
SCHOOL: Florida International (FL)
- Baseball America- 54
- Fangraphs- 57
- MLB.com- 46
- IBI- 61
Willie Hood: The second left-handed pitching prospect by the same name in the Cleveland Indians farm system Allen has a well-established persona on the mound. The lefty was drafted out of high school by the Baltimore Orioles in the seventeenth round in 2016. Allen has a reputation as a strike-thrower with precision on the mound (here’s video). He displays a solid three-pitch mix that he utilizes well. The lefty was impressive in his 15 innings in the Cape Cod League in 2019. A two-way player for the Panthers his professional career will be limited to the mound.
The Florida International University left-hander sits low-90’s and runs his fastball up to 93-94. His softer velocity plays up because of his ability to locate all of his pitches. Allen displays an above-average circle change with a vertical dive that projects to a plus pitch. The least of his three pitches is an average curveball. Allen sequences his pitches well and displays his advanced pitchability to turnover lineups. The left-hander features above-average command and control and is a competitor on the mound. He should progress quickly because of the overall package (control, deception, plus change) and could develop into a number 4 starter with the ability to flash more.
Jeff Ellis: Logan Allen, I had rated higher than Burns and Tucker. He is a two-way player in college and has the athleticism one would expect for a player who can excel in that role. He performed even better than Burns did, though he was facing weaker competition. Burns and Allen are going to be compared do to similar skills, numbers, size, and pitch mixes. Allen has the better secondaries, athleticism, and health history. Allen has been a known entity since high school, where he turned down big bonus offers to go to school. This is the exact type of pitcher the Indians have had a ton of success with looking at Aaron Civale, Shane Bieber, Etc. I rated him higher than Burns due to athleticism, which is an underrated aspect of injury avoidance, and being left-handed. Yes, it is fun to add another lefty named Logan Allen to the minors, he was a great value in round two. – Read more from Jeff at https://mlbdraftnow.blogspot.com/
Press release: Allen, 21, recorded a a three-year collegiate ERA of 3.33 in 183.2 innings at Florida International (47 BB, 246 SO). Was 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA in 25.2 IP this spring before the season was canceled (17H, 7ER, 6BB, 41SO, .183 avg)…Was named Conference-USA Preseason Pitcher of the Year and was named Preseason All-American by multiple outlets….Member of the 2019 collegiate national Team USA…Did not allow a run in 15.0IP in the 2019 summer Cape Cod League for Harwich…The Deltona, FL native was named 2019 first team all C-USA and was selected by Baltimore in the 17th round of the 2017 MLB Draft.
MLB.com on Allen
Comments: Allen was a solid pitching prospect coming out of the Florida high school ranks, one who was taken in the 16th round by the Orioles in 2017 because of his chance to have a three-pitch mix and his feel to use his entire repertoire. He headed to Florida International as a two-way player and continued to hit and pitch for two-plus years, but his future as a pro is certainly on the mound. In many respects, Allen is the same pitchabilty lefty that he was in high school, just with more track record after two years at FIU and a strong performance on the Cape last summer. He goes right after hitters with three pitches. He sits right around 90 mph with his fastball, but can reach back for up to 93 mph when he needs to, and he commands it well, with good arm-side finish. His changeup is his bread and butter, a potentially future plus circle change he sells really well with good fade and sink that misses bats and elicits weak contact on the ground. His curveball is his third pitch, a breaking ball that can get a little big at times. He commands the ball very well and knows how to set up hitters. Because of his lack of physicality and lack of wow stuff, Allen’s ceiling is somewhat limited. But he’s shown the ability to keep hitters off-balance and could be the kind of advanced college lefty who moves through a system quickly, always a commodity when the Draft rolls around.
Photo: FIU Athletics