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Greg Allen

#24 | CF/RF/LF
Pittsburgh Pirates Pittsburgh Pirates
Greg Allen
Name: Gregory Lomack Allen
Born: Mar 15, 1993 in San Diego, CA
High School: Hilltop HS, Chula Vista, Calif.
College: San Diego State
Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 185 lbs
Bats: B / Throws: R
Drafted in the 6th round (188th overall) by the Cleveland Guardians in 2014 (signed for $200,000)
Allen generates a wide range of opinion among Southern California area scouts, with some liking him in the top three or four rounds but others seeing him as a fifth- to 10th-round talent. He has posted three solid years for San Diego State but has never topped an .800 OPS, and some scouts question whether he'll hit enough to be an everyday player. Generously listed at 6 feet, 175 pounds, Allen has well below-average power but is capable of shooting balls into the gaps at times. A switch-hitter, he has a less complex swing and more patience from the left side. He has enough bat-to-ball instincts to give him a chance to be an average hitter if he can learn to chase fewer breaking balls. He has become more patient at the plate in the last two years, walking about as much as he strikes out. Allen is an aggressive baserunner with plus speed, helping him steal 50 bases over the last two years at San Diego State. His speed plays up in center field, where he has an extra gear when chasing down balls in the gaps, earning him above-average grades on his defense. He has an average arm.
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