By Jerry Del Priore
Although it’s been just a small size thus far, the New York Mets third-round pick (No.89 overall) in this year’s MLB amateur draft, Matthew Allan has looked pretty good. He has recorded a 1-0 record with a 1.08 ERA in 8.1 innings of work in five appearances, four of which have been starts, for the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Mets.
Allan, the Mets No. 4 prospect on MLB Pipeline’s list, has also racked up 11 strikeouts to four walks, with opposing batters just hitting .167 against him.
MLB considers Allen, 18, to be the 13th best player in the draft but he dropped down due to signability concerns. The former Florida Prep star bypassed his commitment to attend the University of Florida to sign with New York for $2.5 million, instead of his reported price tag of $4 million.
Therefore, the six-foot-three, 225-pound hard-throwing (reaches 97 mph) Allan could wind up being a huge steal for the Mets in the future, as several baseball insiders consider the righty pitcher to have a high ceiling.