Milton High School RHP Brandon Allen

If you follow high school baseball and the Major League Baseball draft, you've heard and read the word projectability a lot when it comes to young pitchers. And most of the time those pitchers are of tall and slim with the frame to add weight. Well meet one of those pitchers - Milton (FL) High School's Brandon Allen.

"I am 6-6 and weigh 190 pounds," said Brandon, who has the type frame that could easily hold 30 to 40 more pounds.

Not only is he tall and slim but he's just now starting to put muscle weight on his lanky frame.

"I have a trainer back home that I just started working with," said Brandon. "And I'm lifting weights. I started that about three weeks and I'm going to do it all summer."

And his workouts are starting to show results on the mound.

"My velocity has been around 85 (miles per hour) but I'm starting to throw harder now," said Brandon, who played with the Louisiana All Stars summer travel team this past weekend in a Bama Bombers Tournament held on the campus of Mississippi State.

In his one start in the tournament, Brandon consistently threw his fastball 87 to 88 miles per hour during the first two innings of his game against the Jackson 96ers.

While his fastball velocity decreased during the remaining two innings that he pitched, the 2 to 3 miles per hour increase since the spring showed the projectability that Brandon has.

Brandon has received some interest from college coaches with more possibly on the horizon.

"Schools that are showing interest in me are Troy University, Central Florida, Tulane," said Brandon, who has visited Troy and Central Florida this summer. "They've all called me. I also got a call from LSU (Friday). They saw me in Atlanta last week. I also got a call from the Harvard coach last week. I'm also getting a lot of letters from smaller schools."

Speaking of Harvard, there's a reason they are interested in the talented youngster.

"I have a 3.98 gpa and a 32 on my ACT," said Brandon, who currently has a baseball scholarship offer on the table from Troy.

And as you would expect, academics are going to be an important part of what he looks for in a school.

"I am definitely going to look for a good academic school," said Brandon. "I want to major in engineering or something like that. And I definitely want to play baseball."

As for where he would like to play his college baseball, he wouldn't mind it being in what most college baseball experts consider the top two conferences in the south.

"I would like to play in the SEC or ACC," said the youngster.

And he wants to continued playing baseball not just in college but as far into the future as possible.

"I want to go as far as I can go in baseball, the pros hopefully," said Brandon.

If his ability lives up to his projectability, then it's very possible that he will achieve that goal.

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the website, the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network. You can contact him by emailing

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