Scouting Mets Prospect #16: Kyle Allen

The aggressiveness shown in promoting Kyle Allen from the Gulf Coast League to Savannah in 2009 speaks to the value the organization sees in him. His maturity and repertoire continue to impress coaches who believe he has the ability to be a significant part of the club's future. What makes Allen a young arm to watch? Look inside to find out.

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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)

The New York Mets knew they landed high value when they selected Kyle Allen in the 24th round of the 2008 draft. There was no question that Allen was a higher round talent, but confusion about signability caused Allen to fall down the draft board. The Mets, however, were right there to snatch him and landed a young arm with high upside in the process.

After spending his first season pitching out of the bullpen in the Gulf Coast League, Allen was promoted to Savannah where a switch to the rotation significantly increased his work load. The 19-year-old right-hander responded by providing some of the most consistent pitching on a very talented, young Sand Gnats staff.

Allen struggled in his first month while sharing starts in a piggyback role. But come May and onwards, he settled down and showed off a strong blend of power and greater pitchability by using his near plus changeup and improving slider. Mets pitching coordinator Rick Waits and Savannah pitching coach Marc Valdes knew Allen would bounce back once he better managed an intense competitive streak.

"Being a fierce competitor, I think early in the year, he would over-compete," said Waits. "I think he tried too hard at the start of the year and he would overthrow a lot. He got a better gauge of that and it paid off in his tenaciousness."

"Each game it seems like he's beginning to get a feel for himself and realize what he can do," said Valdes. "He's learned how to control his emotions and it helped him out on the field."

Allen went on to win 4 of his last 5 first half decisions after April, and he only got stronger after the South Atlantic League All-Star Break. Both his ERA and his opponent's batting average dropped in each successive month, leading to a 2.97 ERA and a .215 OBA over his final 12 starts. Finding a comfort zone and a rhythm certainly led to success, but greater confidence with all of his pitches led to a strong second half according to the right-hander.

"As I progressed during the season, I really felt like I could throw any pitch for a third strike. I had confidence with all my pitches throughout the season," said Allen. "There were all new pitchers and catchers and we all had to get on the same page. And with enough work in the bullpen, the catchers really learned our patterns. We're both in control of the game."

The strong finish and a overall strong second season was a great sign for the organization's coaches. They know there is a high ceiling to be attained with Allen and the young hurler is taking the necessary steps to reach it.

"This is a kid with a lot of potential," said Waits. "He's a kid who came out of high school with a great changeup, a great mentality for pitching and the hunger to succeed."

"He's coming along nicely. He's gotten a lot better with his sequencing and the more he pitches, the more we'll be able to see him coming along," said Valdes.

Year

Team

W-L

SV

IP

Hits

BB

K

ERA

2009

Savannah

9-6

2

125.1

109

51

111

3.45

2008

GCL

1-1

2

34.0

24

10

45

2.12



Repertoire: Fastball, Slider, Changeup

Fastball: Allen's fastball sits 90-92 MPH, and at times touches 93 MPH, with good natural, running action in to right-handers. He relies heavily on the pitch early in the game to settle a rhythm and to setup his secondary pitches later in the game. He shows no hesitation to attack hitters on both sides on the inside corner. The biggest aspect to his success with the fastball is learning how to maintain a tempo and not overthrow the pitch. At times, Allen's competitive streak causes him to overthrow his fastball. While he may get more velocity from it, it causes a decrease in movement, command and overall effectiveness. Allen's fastball can be at his best when he dials it down a tick or two and use movement. Being 19 years old and with room to add strength, it is possible his fastball could gain another mile per hour or two.

Other Pitches: Allen entered the organization with an established changeup. In two years it has developed into a plus pitch with the chance to be a truly elite pitch. He throws it with excellent arm speed and pace. His changeup sits 83-85 MPH but will be an even stronger pitch when he learns to back it off a few miles per hour off his fastball. Allen generates good fade that can ride in on right-handers, but the pitch only flashes two-plane movement. That added movement and a slight drop in velocity could make it a special pitch. Allen throws his slider in the mid-80s, but is still working on an ideal grip that will help him generate more break. Finding that grip will lead to more consistency down in the zone. It is a pitch he forced himself to throw more throughout the season.

Pitching: Allen is an aggressive pitcher who does not hesitate to challenge hitters. He goes after hitters with his fastball early in the game before mixing in his secondary stuff with greater frequency in later innings. Harnessing the large amounts of energy he takes to the mound is important because when he gets too amped up, his command breaks down and he pitches his way into trouble. He did a better job of that as the season went on, and showed more consistency from inning to inning and start to start. He works quickly, following the organization's mantra of "three pitches or less" and generates a high number of ground balls in doing so. Allen's command can still be all over the map at times, raising his walk total.

Projection: Allen is a power pitcher in the making and the life on his fastball and his mound presence speak to that. He boasts good size and strength which will provide durability and the opportunity to remain in the rotation as he works his way up. His slider and command are his two biggest hurdles to overcome, but being 19 years old gives him plenty of time to work things out. There is little reason to rush Allen who has the makings of a mid-rotation arm.

ETA: 2012. Allen will be off to St. Lucie next season. If he gets out to a strong start, a second half move to Binghamton cannot be ruled out. Last season, it was predicted Allen would debut in the second half of 2012. That should hold water, but could move up to early 2012 if he makes it to Binghamton in 2010.


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\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)
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\r\nThe New York Mets knew they landed high value when they selected Kyle Allen in the 24th round of the 2008 draft. There was no question that Allen was a higher round talent, but confusion about signability caused Allen to fall down the draft board. The Mets, however, were right there to snatch him and landed a young arm with high upside in the process.
\r\n
\r\nAfter spending his first season pitching out of the bullpen in the Gulf Coast League, Allen was promoted to Savannah where a switch to the rotation significantly increased his work load. The 19-year-old right-hander responded by providing some of the most consistent pitching on a very talented, young Sand Gnats staff.
\r\n
\r\nAllen struggled in his first month while sharing starts in a piggyback role. But come May and onwards, he settled down and showed off a strong blend of power and greater pitchability by using his near plus changeup and improving slider. Mets pitching coordinator Rick Waits and Savannah pitching coach Marc Valdes knew Allen would bounce back once he better managed an intense competitive streak.
\r\n
\r\n\"Being a fierce competitor, I think early in the year, he would over-compete,\" said Waits. \"I think he tried too hard at the start of the year and he would overthrow a lot. He got a better gauge of that and it paid off in his tenaciousness.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"Each game it seems like he's beginning to get a feel for himself and realize what he can do,\" said Valdes. \"He's learned how to control his emotions and it helped him out on the field.\"
\r\n
\r\nAllen went on to win 4 of his last 5 first half decisions after April, and he only got stronger after the South Atlantic League All-Star Break. Both his ERA and his opponent's batting average dropped in each successive month, leading to a 2.97 ERA and a .215 OBA over his final 12 starts. Finding a comfort zone and a rhythm certainly led to success, but greater confidence with all of his pitches led to a strong second half according to the right-hander.
\r\n
\r\n\"As I progressed during the season, I really felt like I could throw any pitch for a third strike. I had confidence with all my pitches throughout the season,\" said Allen. \"There were all new pitchers and catchers and we all had to get on the same page. And with enough work in the bullpen, the catchers really learned our patterns. We're both in control of the game.\"
\r\n
\r\nThe strong finish and a overall strong second season was a great sign for the organization's coaches. They know there is a high ceiling to be attained with Allen and the young hurler is taking the necessary steps to reach it.
\r\n
\r\n\"This is a kid with a lot of potential,\" said Waits. \"He's a kid who came out of high school with a great changeup, a great mentality for pitching and the hunger to succeed.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"He's coming along nicely. He's gotten a lot better with his sequencing and the more he pitches, the more we'll be able to see him coming along,\" said Valdes.
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\r\n SV

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K

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\r\n Savannah

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\r\n 9-6

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\r\n 2

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\r\n 125.1

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\r\n 109

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\r\n 51

\r\n

\r\n 111

\r\n

\r\n 3.45

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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

\r\n

\r\n 24

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\r\n 10

\r\n

\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's fastball sits 90-92 MPH, and at times touches 93 MPH, with good natural, running action in to right-handers. He relies heavily on the pitch early in the game to settle a rhythm and to setup his secondary pitches later in the game. He shows no hesitation to attack hitters on both sides on the inside corner. The biggest aspect to his success with the fastball is learning how to maintain a tempo and not overthrow the pitch. At times, Allen's competitive streak causes him to overthrow his fastball. While he may get more velocity from it, it causes a decrease in movement, command and overall effectiveness. Allen's fastball can be at his best when he dials it down a tick or two and use movement. Being 19 years old and with room to add strength, it is possible his fastball could gain another mile per hour or two.
\r\n
\r\nOther Pitches: Allen entered the organization with an established changeup. In two years it has developed into a plus pitch with the chance to be a truly elite pitch. He throws it with excellent arm speed and pace. His changeup sits 83-85 MPH but will be an even stronger pitch when he learns to back it off a few miles per hour off his fastball. Allen generates good fade that can ride in on right-handers, but the pitch only flashes two-plane movement. That added movement and a slight drop in velocity could make it a special pitch. Allen throws his slider in the mid-80s, but is still working on an ideal grip that will help him generate more break. Finding that grip will lead to more consistency down in the zone. It is a pitch he forced himself to throw more throughout the season.
\r\n
\r\nPitching: Allen is an aggressive pitcher who does not hesitate to challenge hitters. He goes after hitters with his fastball early in the game before mixing in his secondary stuff with greater frequency in later innings. Harnessing the large amounts of energy he takes to the mound is important because when he gets too amped up, his command breaks down and he pitches his way into trouble. He did a better job of that as the season went on, and showed more consistency from inning to inning and start to start. He works quickly, following the organization's mantra of \"three pitches or less\" and generates a high number of ground balls in doing so. Allen's command can still be all over the map at times, raising his walk total.
\r\n
\r\nProjection: Allen is a power pitcher in the making and the life on his fastball and his mound presence speak to that. He boasts good size and strength which will provide durability and the opportunity to remain in the rotation as he works his way up. His slider and command are his two biggest hurdles to overcome, but being 19 years old gives him plenty of time to work things out. There is little reason to rush Allen who has the makings of a mid-rotation arm.
\r\n
\r\nETA: 2012. Allen will be off to St. Lucie next season. If he gets out to a strong start, a second half move to Binghamton cannot be ruled out. Last season, it was predicted Allen would debut in the second half of 2012. That should hold water, but could move up to early 2012 if he makes it to Binghamton in 2010.
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