Another day, another piece of bad news for the 2015 draft class.
In a spring with few top talents stepping forward and several prominent injuries, news circulated quickly through scouting circles that lefthander Kolby Allard, a preseason first-team All-American out of San Clemente (Calif.) High, would miss at least one start with a back injury. Friday night, Baseball America confirmed news, first reported by PrepBaseballReport.com, that Allard will miss between six and eight weeks with a stress reaction in his back.
The lefthander said via Twitter that he would nevertheless come to Cary, N.C., next week when San Clemente plays in USA Baseball’s National High School Invitational, tweeting in response to a question, “I’ll be there supporting the team.”
A UCLA signee, the 6-foot-1, 175-pound Allard entered the season ranked No. 2 on BA’s High School Top 100 Prospects list. He had won his two starts and had yet to give up an earned run this season for San Clemente, though he had thrown poorly in his last outing by his own standards.
It’s the fourth year in a row that the NHSI, which is in its fourth year, has seen a top pitching prospect go down just before the event due to injury. In 2012, Harvard-Westlake’s Lucas Giolito missed the event with an elbow injury. In 2013, it was Tullahoma (Tenn.) High righty Jordan Sheffield missing the event (he’s now at Vanderbilt), and in 2014, Milton (Ga.) righty Dylan Cease didn’t pitch in Cary. All three wound up eventually having Tommy John surgery.
Allard isn’t in the same boat in terms of injury, but like those other pitchers, he’ll miss the nation’s top high school baseball tournament, guaranteeing a lesser scouting turnout for the NHSI.
In other draft news, Chipola (Fla.) JC lefthander Mac Marshall left his last start after only one inning of work due to a thumb injury. We’ll update that story as more information becomes available.