Scouting Mets Prospect #40: Kyle Allen

Kyle Allen was one of three high school pitchers selected by the Mets in the 2008 draft. His mature delivery and repertoire instantly impressed coaches as he went on to have a strong season in the Gulf Coast League. Looking ahead to next season, the approach with Allen is to get him innings while building strength and focusing on further pitch development.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Kyle Allen
DOB: February 12, 1990
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 195
Throws: Right
Bats: Right
Status: 24th Round (2008) – The Pendleton School (FL)

It is not often a high school player enters professional ball with such sound technique, but with their 24th round pick the Mets scored big value in Kyle Allen. In one short Gulf Coast League season, he demonstrated well-established tools and an approach that leaves coaches and coordinators believing Allen's development will not be as much of a project as other high school arms selected last summer.

The element to Allen's game that was first recognized was his incredibly competitive nature. Often it takes an adjustment period—sometimes a harsh one—for high school pitchers to let go of the mentality that they can overpower the opposition. Yet, in the case of Allen, his success was bred from that attitude because of his impressive pitches, though pitching coordinator Rick Waits acknowledged it will serve him well to temper it at times.

"Some of the things he had to deal with is the emotional part of the game because he's such a competitor that sometimes he goes over the top and it causes him to leave the ball up in the zone a little bit," said Waits.

"Sometimes he just tries to hard and that is something he really worked with and got so much better at throughout the year. But this kid has a great makeup and has the pitches to take him a long way."

The proof was in the production as he torched the Gulf Coast League throughout his 11 appearances. He surrendered one earned run or less in ten of those outings. He posted a 1-1 record and 2.12 ERA in 34 innings pitched with 45 strikeouts against ten walks while giving up just 24 hits. He is not afraid to pitch to contact while at the same time possessing a swing and miss arsenal.

That led to a virtually seamless transition, speaking to the young hurler's physical maturity. His clean delivery provided him the stamina to last the entire season without any sign of adversity, pitching his way into the minds of scouts and coaches alike.

Later, it was fair to say that Allen was one of the stars of the fall Instructional League impressing coaches, like Waits, with the quality of his pitches and his knowledge of using them.

"He has good delivery, good fastball command and confidence with that fastball. He's a fastball pitcher with a good breaking ball and a real good changeup which is probably his best pitch and you don't see that coming out of high school," Waits described.

A born winner and a pitcher with confidence, Allen has the traits sought after within the Mets organization. The next steps for him, coaches and coordinators is molding all of that promise into a greater force on the mound.

His skills have many across the organization thinking Allen could be a fast riser. He was quietly selected deep in the middle rounds of the draft, but do not be surprised if before too long his name rings louder. As Waits said, if you do not know about him now, you should soon enough.

"If there is anybody who doesn't know this kid, then he is a sleeper. Now if you know him, you wouldn't look at him as a sleeper because this is one of the most polished high schools to come out of the draft that I've seen in a long time."

Year

Team

W-L

SV

IP

Hits

BB

K

ERA

2008

GCL

1-1

2

34.0

24

10

45

2.12



Repertoire: Fastball, Slider, Changeup

Fastball: Allen throws a four-seam fastball that sits 90-91 MPH but topped out a few ticks higher on occasion during the regular season. Like most young pitchers, it is his most consistent pitch and the one he uses to establish his game. He does a good job of keeping the pitch down in the zone, but sometimes lacks an ability to spot the pitch where he needs to. He likes to mix his fastball around the strike zone and has no fear of the inside part of the plate to hitters on both sides.

Other Pitches: Allen's changeup is undoubtedly his top secondary pitch and can often surpass his fastball as his most proficient pitch. He throws it in the high-70s and it is well-advanced for a pitcher his age as it possesses very sharp diving action. But it is his ability to control the pitch that makes it so effective. He can fall back on his changeup when his fastball is fringy, making him even tougher to his peers who are predominately fastball hitters. At this point in his career, Allen boasts a good slider that will get enough movement, though shallow, to generate swings and misses at the short-season levels, but it will be a focus moving forward as he builds depth to his repertoire.

Pitching: What makes Allen so successful is his extremely solid delivery. His smooth movements and consistent arm speed allow him to work at a good pace. But what drives his game is his aforementioned attitude on the mound. Though he can sometimes get ahead of himself, Allen will not nibble as he challenges hitters to beat his best stuff. He can sometimes lose his location when he gets too excited, but typically controls the strike zone with a very steady fastball/changeup combination.

Projection: Allen's temperament and impressive fastball/changeup combination is a rare commodity for a pitcher his age. There is little doubt the Mets envision him as a starting pitcher and he will be trained as such as he moves up the latter. At this stage, he has the arsenal to be a solid, productive arm in the middle of a big league rotation. But that projection could improve as he gains more experience in coming years.

ETA: 2012. Allen figures to break camp with this spring with Savannah, earning the opportunity to pitch the entire season there before a possible late taste of St. Lucie. If he remains true to that path, he should be looking at roughly one level per season from there on, getting a crack at the big league stage in 2012 as a 22-year-old. His talent could move him more quickly, but his entrance out of high school will likely require four years on the farm.


Amazin Clubhouse Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\nVital Statistics:
\r\nName: Kyle Allen
\r\nDOB: February 12, 1990
\r\nHeight: 6'3\"
\r\nWeight: 195
\r\nThrows: Right
\r\nBats: Right
\r\nStatus: 24th Round (2008) – The Pendleton School (FL)
\r\n
\r\nIt is not often a high school player enters professional ball with such sound technique, but with their 24th round pick the Mets scored big value in Kyle Allen. In one short Gulf Coast League season, he demonstrated well-established tools and an approach that leaves coaches and coordinators believing Allen's development will not be as much of a project as other high school arms selected last summer.
\r\n
\r\nThe element to Allen's game that was first recognized was his incredibly competitive nature. Often it takes an adjustment period—sometimes a harsh one—for high school pitchers to let go of the mentality that they can overpower the opposition. Yet, in the case of Allen, his success was bred from that attitude because of his impressive pitches, though pitching coordinator Rick Waits acknowledged it will serve him well to temper it at times.
\r\n
\r\n\"Some of the things he had to deal with is the emotional part of the game because he's such a competitor that sometimes he goes over the top and it causes him to leave the ball up in the zone a little bit,\" said Waits.
\r\n
\r\n\"Sometimes he just tries to hard and that is something he really worked with and got so much better at throughout the year. But this kid has a great makeup and has the pitches to take him a long way.\"
\r\n
\r\nThe proof was in the production as he torched the Gulf Coast League throughout his 11 appearances. He surrendered one earned run or less in ten of those outings. He posted a 1-1 record and 2.12 ERA in 34 innings pitched with 45 strikeouts against ten walks while giving up just 24 hits. He is not afraid to pitch to contact while at the same time possessing a swing and miss arsenal.
\r\n
\r\nThat led to a virtually seamless transition, speaking to the young hurler's physical maturity. His clean delivery provided him the stamina to last the entire season without any sign of adversity, pitching his way into the minds of scouts and coaches alike.
\r\n
\r\nLater, it was fair to say that Allen was one of the stars of the fall Instructional League impressing coaches, like Waits, with the quality of his pitches and his knowledge of using them.
\r\n
\r\n\"He has good delivery, good fastball command and confidence with that fastball. He's a fastball pitcher with a good breaking ball and a real good changeup which is probably his best pitch and you don't see that coming out of high school,\" Waits described.
\r\n
\r\nA born winner and a pitcher with confidence, Allen has the traits sought after within the Mets organization. The next steps for him, coaches and coordinators is molding all of that promise into a greater force on the mound.
\r\n
\r\nHis skills have many across the organization thinking Allen could be a fast riser. He was quietly selected deep in the middle rounds of the draft, but do not be surprised if before too long his name rings louder. As Waits said, if you do not know about him now, you should soon enough.
\r\n
\r\n\"If there is anybody who doesn't know this kid, then he is a sleeper. Now if you know him, you wouldn't look at him as a sleeper because this is one of the most polished high schools to come out of the draft that I've seen in a long time.\"
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\r\n Team

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\r\n SV

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\r\n IP

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\r\n Hits

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\r\n BB

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K

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\r\n ERA

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\r\n 2008

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\r\n GCL

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\r\n 1-1

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\r\n 2

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\r\n 34.0

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\r\n 24

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\r\n 10

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\r\n 45

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\r\n 2.12


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\r\nRepertoire: Fastball, Slider, Changeup
\r\n
\r\nFastball: Allen throws a four-seam fastball that sits 90-91 MPH but topped out a few ticks higher on occasion during the regular season. Like most young pitchers, it is his most consistent pitch and the one he uses to establish his game. He does a good job of keeping the pitch down in the zone, but sometimes lacks an ability to spot the pitch where he needs to. He likes to mix his fastball around the strike zone and has no fear of the inside part of the plate to hitters on both sides.
\r\n
\r\nOther Pitches: Allen's changeup is undoubtedly his top secondary pitch and can often surpass his fastball as his most proficient pitch. He throws it in the high-70s and it is well-advanced for a pitcher his age as it possesses very sharp diving action. But it is his ability to control the pitch that makes it so effective. He can fall back on his changeup when his fastball is fringy, making him even tougher to his peers who are predominately fastball hitters. At this point in his career, Allen boasts a good slider that will get enough movement, though shallow, to generate swings and misses at the short-season levels, but it will be a focus moving forward as he builds depth to his repertoire.
\r\n
\r\nPitching: What makes Allen so successful is his extremely solid delivery. His smooth movements and consistent arm speed allow him to work at a good pace. But what drives his game is his aforementioned attitude on the mound. Though he can sometimes get ahead of himself, Allen will not nibble as he challenges hitters to beat his best stuff. He can sometimes lose his location when he gets too excited, but typically controls the strike zone with a very steady fastball/changeup combination.
\r\n
\r\nProjection: Allen's temperament and impressive fastball/changeup combination is a rare commodity for a pitcher his age. There is little doubt the Mets envision him as a starting pitcher and he will be trained as such as he moves up the latter. At this stage, he has the arsenal to be a solid, productive arm in the middle of a big league rotation. But that projection could improve as he gains more experience in coming years.
\r\n
\r\nETA: 2012. Allen figures to break camp with this spring with Savannah, earning the opportunity to pitch the entire season there before a possible late taste of St. Lucie. If he remains true to that path, he should be looking at roughly one level per season from there on, getting a crack at the big league stage in 2012 as a 22-year-old. His talent could move him more quickly, but his entrance out of high school will likely require four years on the farm.
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