Craig Kimbrel Trade Fallout: Could Logan Allen Prove To Be The Steal Of The Deal?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

When we originally posted our Top 10 prospect rankings for the Boston Red Sox (click here to view), we had three of the four players traded to the Padres for Craig Kimbrel included:

  • Manuel Margot (#2)
  • Javier Guerra (#6)
  • Logan Allen (#10)
  • Carlos Asuaje (not ranked)

We all know how good Margot could be and Guerra is a prospect on the rise (though he needs to improve his plate discipline, with 112 K vs. 30 BB).  Allen, however, could ultimately prove to be the steal of the deal.  At the time of our rankings we gave a special note about him:

This is a stretch, but when a pitcher debuts and posts 26 K vs. 1 BB over 24.1 IP we have to take notice.”

Obviously it was a significantly small sample size, but they are impressive numbers for any 18-year old and was a carryover from what he showed in his final season at IMG Academy in Bardenton, FL.  According to Jen McCaffrey of Mass Live (click here for the article):

Allen, the ace of the IMG staff, went 8-0 in eight starts for IMG this season with a 0.93 ERA, 64 strikeouts in 45 innings. He held opponents to a .104 average. In his final start of the season, the lefty struck out 14 batters.”


The southpaw was Boston’s eighth round draft pick in 2015 and described his repertoire by saying:

“But he raised his prospect stock by boosting his fastball velocity from 85-88 mph the summer before to 90-94. His heater has good life as well, making it difficult for opponents to barrel.  Beyond his improved fastball, Allen has the potential to have four average-or-better pitches. His slider is his best secondary offering, and his curveball and changeup also show promised. He has advanced feel for pitching, which has made for an easy transition into pro ball.”

Any time a pitcher can produce with four pitches there is the potential for significant success as a starter.  With the strikeouts, control and a 1.09 GO/AO (0 HR allowed), there’s obviously a lot to look forward to.

It’s going to be interesting to see how the Padres push him along and how he matures and develops, but it’ll be a few years before he’s ready to make an impact.  There’s certainly enough here to have our attention, though.  He may be the least heralded of the players San Diego acquired, but he ultimately could prove to be one of the most valuable (or, should we say, second most considering they acquired Margot in the deal).

Sources –, Mass Live

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One comment

  1. BostonDan says:

    Finally!! Someone sees the obvious! I followed this kid for his whole season and saw his every start, after the draft to Boston and then began looking into his stats from IMG Academy. Yes, he fell in the draft, but I was told by a scout, only because he was an excellent student and his commitment to South Carolina with signability concerns. Watching this kid throw was like watching a mini-me Lester!(They look like they could be brothers) His poise and mental demeanor on the mound was way above his years! I really think Boston lost a gem, but that is what DD does….trades to get who they immediately need, with no regard for where some will be in a couple years! This kid will FLY through the system in San Diego and as sad as I was to see him go, I wish him nothing but the best! I hope Kimbrel works out for us and that the others in this trade do too, but I just gotta say, if this kid stays healthy, San Diego got a gem. Obviously San Diego saw his value after the season that kid had in pro ball! I read he’s the 1st guy traded after the new rule. Calling it the Logan Allen rule from here on out. Good Luck kid! You got a BRIGHT future! Your Boston fans STILL love you!

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