Logan Allen

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6' 3", 200 lbs LHP 18 year old
Drafted in the 8th round (231st overall) of the 2015 Amateur Draft.out of IMG Academy, FL
Signing bonus of $725,000, (more than $500,000 over slot)
 
Fastball sat in the low 90s, during his senior year, which was big improvement over his senior year.  Has change-up and two looks at a curve, according to Soxprospects, which currently ranks him as the 28th overall prospect.
 
Assigned to the GCL team just 3 weeks ago, and in 5 appearances and 12 IP, overall, has struck out 14 against just 1 walk. 7 hits allowed over the 14 IP, with just one ER.
 
Reportedly, Allen has a good understanding of pitching for his age, which may be attributable to his one year at the IMG academy.
 

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Logan Allen made his 6th appearance in the Gulf Coast League today, 8/20.
 
Started and went 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 6 K.  All of the 3 hits were singles, 2 of them infield hits.  In one month of work, he now has 20 K in 16 IP, with just 1 BB, 10 hits and 2 ER allowed.
 
I can't find any scouting reports on Allen yet, but at this rate, I'm sure he'll be appearing on some prospect site.
 

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I agree.
He should probably get a healthy bump up from his current #28 ranking (he is outperforming Austin Rei who is ranked #26 on SoxProspects, got a similar sized signing bonus & had similar prospect rank going into the draft).
 

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Yeah.. he is a Lester clone.  There's an article out there on hngn.com (and I won't give the link, because it is pop-up hell), that talks about the Red Sox interest in him, pre-draft, and how they ended up calling him "Lester."  In his pre-draft ratings, he was more of a Lester-lite, in terms of projections.  But there are similarities.  Btw, he was a 3.9 GPA at the IMG Academy that included many AP-level courses in his senior year curriculum.  Better to be smart than to be like Cody Kukuk. :(
 

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WenZink said:
Yeah.. he is a Lester clone.  There's an article out there on hngn.com (and I won't give the link, because it is pop-up hell), that talks about the Red Sox interest in him, pre-draft, and how they ended up calling him "Lester."  In his pre-draft ratings, he was more of a Lester-lite, in terms of projections.  But there are similarities.  Btw, he was a 3.9 GPA at the IMG Academy that included many AP-level courses in his senior year curriculum.  Better to be smart than to be like Cody Kukuk. :(
I linked to it in the draft day thread:
 
http://www.hngn.com/articles/97779/20150604/mlb-draft-2015-logan-allen-high-school-pitching-prospect-nationally-ranked-by-baseball-america-and-perfect-game-hopes-to-hit-big-leagues-next-week.htm
 

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Another efficient outing today by Logan Allen 4.0 IP, 2H, 0R, 4K, 0BB
 
In his 7 GCL appearances this summer, Allen has allowed just 12 H and 2 ER in 20 IP, 24 K, 1BB.  His ERA stands at 0.90
 
As I pointed out in the A. Espinoza thread, all but one of Allen's appearances (17 IP out of 20) have been against either the GCL Rays or Orioles, two of the weakest hitting teams in the 16 team GCL.  But I guess the positive side is that none of the hitters are catching on to him.
 
Allen just turned 18 3 months ago.  Espinoza turns 18 next March, and Roniel Raudes, another GCL stud, turns 18 next February.  So there's a lot to look forward to, next year, either at Lowell or possibly at Greenville, as we see these kids' talents tested at the next level.
 

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Well, are the teams weak hitting and thus inflating our pitcher's stats or an the pitcher's really good deflating the hitter's stats. Given the insular nature of the GCL, it is impossible to answer.
 

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Cuzittt said:
Well, are the teams weak hitting and thus inflating our pitcher's stats or an the pitcher's really good deflating the hitter's stats. Given the insular nature of the GCL, it is impossible to answer.
Well, the trio of Espinoza/Raudes/Allen has combined for almost 1/10th of the GCL Orioles innings this summer.  And, tt is impossible to know, but, for example, if Espinoza pitches a game in the GCL playoffs next week and faces a top hitting team outside of their division, he may pitch his butt off, but get poorer results and some might wonder "what went' wrong."  Conversely, the best pitcher in the GCL might be some poor kid on the GCL Rays who's spent most of the summer facing the run-scoring Sox and Twins rookie clubs and has an ERA of 3.00.
 
In the Espinoza thread, I noted that eye-wiitness scouting reports are worth much more than raw stats in evaluating a 17/18 year old pitcher in the GCL. 
 

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Allen has been promoted to Lowell for the last week of the schedule.
 
He last pitched on Monday, in the 1st game of the GCL playoffs, so he's likely to get an appearance this weekend.
 

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He tasted A ball. Pretty good for a HS pitcher.
4.1 IP, 6H, 1ER, 2K, 0BB
 
This kid reminds me of Brian Johnson. He could be better than Johnson due to his age. 
 
Ian Cundall @IanCundall

#RedSox LHP Logan Allen sitting 90-92 mph through 3. Solid pitchers frame. CB 74-78 flash depth and tight rotation. CH 77-80 inconsistent.