#PadresOnDeck: Austin Allen Climbs as Catching Field Gets Crowded

<p ><em >By Bill Center</em ></p ><p ><img src="https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/1600/1*vzSCyzphEeWKTUema19WPQ.jpeg"/ alt="Austin Allen Climbs as Catching Field Gets Crowded" ></p ><p ><strong >Austin Allen</strong > has hit at every stop he’s played thus far in the Padres system.</p ><p >Last season, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound, left-handed hitting catcher batted .283 for Advanced Single-A Lake Elsinore. He set career-highs almost across the board, finishing with 31 doubles, a triple and 22 homers for 81 RBIs in 121 games and 515 plate appearances.</p ><p >He also drew 44 walks and had a .353 on-base percentage and a .497 slugging percentage for a .849 OPS.</p ><p >Allen’s production has made him a Padres’ top-30 prospect each of the past two seasons by the MLB Pipeline. This season, he’s ranked at №29.</p ><p >But Allen’s path to the Major League roster has become a bit tougher for Allen as he’s climbed steadily through the Padres system.</p ><p >The Padres’ varsity catcher is just over a year older than the 24-year-old Allen. And over the past 15 months, the Padres have added a number of catchers in 2016 Rule 5 pick <strong >Luis Torrens</strong > and high 2017 draftees <strong >Luis Campusano</strong > (second round),<strong > Blake Hunt</strong > (compensation round B) and<strong > Jonny Homza</strong >.</p ><p >Campusano, who was the 39th overall pick of the draft, is already the Padres’ 24th-ranked prospect by MLB Pipeline. Hunt was the 69th overall pick in the 2017 draft.</p ><p >Still, Allen moves forward. He was a party to the Padres’ Major League camp this spring. And the natural order of progression would place him at Double-A San Antonio this season.</p ><p >A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Allen was the Padres’ fourth-round pick in the 2015 draft out of Florida Tech University. He debuted that summer with Tri-City of the Short-Season Single-A Northwest League and hit .240 in 53 games.</p ><p >Allen drew considerable attention in 2016 while with Single-A Fort Wayne. He was named to the Midwest League’s Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star team s and was the league’s Player of the Month for April. He hit .300 in 109 games with 22 doubles, seven homers, 61 RBIs, a .364 on-base percentage and a .425 slugging percentage for a .789 OPS.</p >

By Bill Center

Austin Allen Climbs as Catching Field Gets Crowded

Austin Allen has hit at every stop he’s played thus far in the Padres system.

Last season, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound, left-handed hitting catcher batted .283 for Advanced Single-A Lake Elsinore. He set career-highs almost across the board, finishing with 31 doubles, a triple and 22 homers for 81 RBIs in 121 games and 515 plate appearances.

He also drew 44 walks and had a .353 on-base percentage and a .497 slugging percentage for a .849 OPS.

Allen’s production has made him a Padres’ top-30 prospect each of the past two seasons by the MLB Pipeline. This season, he’s ranked at №29.

But Allen’s path to the Major League roster has become a bit tougher for Allen as he’s climbed steadily through the Padres system.

The Padres’ varsity catcher is just over a year older than the...

By Bill Center

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