Reports surfaced (first by @gondeee) Thursday that Kolby Allard, Atlanta's first round pick in June, had a minor back surgery after his season in the Gulf Coast League. Gondeee reported that Allard had two vertebrae fused in his back. The procedure was not considered as serious as the first surgery Allard had on his back earlier this year that had him fall in the draft to the Braves.
Scout.com has confirmed reports that Allard is expected to be 100% ready for spring training.
Allard was considered the top high school pitcher in the draft, but the questions about his back had him fall to Atlanta with the 14th pick in the first round. Allard did see some time in the Gulf Coast League and was tremendous, striking out 12 of the 20 batters he faced in six innings. He allowed just one hit in his work.
It is hoped that with a good spring training Allard would be able to join the Rome rotation, if not at the start of 2016 season sometime in the first two months. The Braves remain confident that Allard will develop into a top-of-the-rotation starting pitcher with a couple of years of development in the minor league system.
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