GREG ALLEN, CENTER FIELDER
|Born: March 15, 1993
Drafted: 6th Round, 188th Overall, 2014 (Indians)
How Acquired: Waiver claim (from Yankees)
College: San Diego State University
Agents: CAA Sports
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Allen is a speedy center fielder who’s had some high stolen base totals. He has little power, but in the low minors had outstanding BB:K ratios. Since he reached AA, though, his walk rate has dropped sharply, probably because pitchers don’t have to worry about him hitting longballs. He’s played mostly in center, but has experience at all the outfield positions. According to the defensive metrics, he’s about average or slightly below defensively.
Allen debuted in the New York-Penn League, playing center and right. He showed very good plate discipline and did a great job of stealing bases, but didn’t hit with any power at all.
In low A, Allen made strides at the plate, hitting the ball with more authority. He played mostly in center. After the season, Baseball America rated him Cleveland’s 28th best prospect.
Allen continued making strides as he spent about two-thirds of the season in High A and the rest in AA. He did an especially good job of getting on base. BA ranked him 10th in the system.
Back in AA, Allen got off to a good start, but suffered a broken hamate that cost him two months. His numbers dropped off after he returned, but he got a September callup to the majors. On the season, his walk and K rates weren’t nearly as strong as in the past. BA rated him 8th in the system.
The Indians shuttled Allen back and forth between AAA and the majors, and he ultimately started more games in center for them than anybody else. He hit well in AAA, but not so much in the majors, as his plate discipline continued to tail off.
Allen again split his time between AAA and the majors, getting a little more playing time with the Indians. He again hit reasonably well in AAA, but struggled in the majors, with a poor BB:K ratio. In the majors he played primarily in left.
Allen got only limited playing time with Cleveland during the pandemic season. The Indians traded him to San Diego at the end of August and he got into one game with the Padres. They traded him to the Yankees, who outrighted him to AAA at the beginning of March.
Allen opened the season in AAA, but the Yankees called him up in mid-July. He hit much better at both levels, with impressive stolen base success. The Yankees outrighted him to AAA again in early August, then called him up at the end of the season. He didn’t get into any more games at that time. New York designated him for assignment in November and the Pirates claimed him off waivers.
The Pirates desperately need to improve baseball’s worst offense and one of their weakest areas is the outfield corners. Allen doesn’t do anything to address that issue and the team already has Bryan Reynolds in center. It’s possible the Pirates will try to outright him to AAA, where he could serve as outfield depth.
|2022: Major league minimum
|Signing Bonus: $200,000
MiLB Debut: 2014
MLB Debut: 9/1/2017
MiLB FA Eligible: N/A
MLB FA Eligible: 2026
Rule 5 Eligible: N/A
Added to 40-Man: November 20, 2015
Options Remaining: 0 (USED: 2018, 2019, 2020)
MLB Service Time: 2.030
|June 6, 2014: Drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 6th round, 188th overall pick; signed on June 12.
September 1, 2017: Contract purchased by the Cleveland Indians.
August 31, 2020: Traded by the Cleveland Indians with Mike Clevinger and Matt Waldron to the San Diego Padres for Austin Hedges, Cal Quantrill, Josh Naylor, Gabriel Arias, Joey Cantillo and Owen Miller.
December 31, 2020: Designated for assignment by the San Diego Padres.
January 6, 2021: Traded by the San Diego Padres to the New York Yankees for James Reeves.
February 23, 2021: Designated for assignment by the New York Yankees; outrighted to AAA on March 1.
July 16, 2021: Called up by the New York Yankees.
August 5, 2021: Outrighted to AAA by the New York Yankees.
October 5, 2021: Called up by the New York Yankees.
November 5, 2021: Claimed off waivers from the New York Yankees by the Pittsburgh Pirates.