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    Jul 2007
    Philadelphia, PA

    Jay Allen: Helium Alert

    If I were to tell you one of the Reds recent 1st round picks is tearing it up in Dayton and launching HRs at an incredible clip you probably say yeah- Cam Collier. True but the answer I was looking for is Jay Allen

    Quick rewind Allen was a 1st round, comp A pick taken after Matt McLain and before Andrew Abbott. (Matt Nelson is in there too). He was a super athletic 5 tool player that most of the predraft reports had as a guy with huge potential, but was developmental because baseball was his 3rd sport and he did not have a lot of reps

    His first season in pro ball was incredibly successful, basically a 1.000 OPS bat with outstanding strike zone control and vaulted up to #6 on the Reds prospect lists. The problem is the last 2 years he was hurt with swing impacting injuries and his numbers showed it and he dropped to #25 prospect this year well below most people’s radar.

    He came into this year completely healthy and the numbers have been steroid Bondsish so far, the most impressive of which has been K zone control where he has 15% K and BB rates. The one red flag to keep an eye on is health. In addition to the injuries the last 2 seasons, he missed 2 weeks this year with a hamstring. The good news he was raking before the hammy and he has been raking since he came back


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