Twins Scouting Report: Matt Allegra

The Twins picked up Matt Allegra from the Oakland Athletics' farm system this past month, and he may have just been a steal. A potential five-tool player, Allegra was rushed to Double-A too soon, and his statistics reflected that. Now healthy, he could be a top outfield prospect once again.

Matt Allegra was once considered one of the top outfield prospects in the Oakland Athletics' organization. A 19th round selection in the 1999 draft, Allegra really made his mark during the 2002 season. At 21 years old, Allegra had a big year for the Low-A Visalia team, but the next three years would be a rough patch of time.

In 2003, Allegra struggled mightily in his first taste of Double-A ball, playing as a member of Midland. In 2004, Allegra was hurt for much of the season, and then struggled once again in Double-A in 2005. However, he was demoted to A-Stockton Ports to finish the 2005 season, and had some success.

In 2006, Allegra got his third taste of Double-A ball, and this time he finally put together a decent season for the Rockhounds. The right-handed slugger smacked 15 home runs in only 96 games, and plated 65 runners. It was a season of redemption for the young outfielder, who once again put himself back on the prospect map.

From The Eyes Of An Expert:
Melissa Lockard, Publisher,

Basically, Allegra has a ton of talent: good speed, great throwing arm, plus power. But the A's rushed him to Double-A as a very young player. He had a lot of confidence issues after that. His swing can get very long, and he has a lot of trouble with off-speed pitches.

However, when he hits it, it usually goes a long way. He can play all three outfield positions, and has the speed for center, and the arm for right. He does not have great plate discipline, which is something that is frowned upon in the Athletics organization.

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