6-1, 180 lbs
2016 salary: minor league contract
Team Control: through 2021 (MiLB) / 6 seasons MLB
Acquired: 2015 Draft, 14th overall
Combined WAR: (no MLB debut)
The Outfield Fly Ruling
Picked 14th overall in the 2015 draft, Allard has quickly risen up prospect lists and is now seen as one of the better lefty prospects in the game. He has a fastball with sinking action, a curveball that looks like a real out pitch, and a developing changeup. Scouts project him to find a home in a MLB rotation. Just how much he refines those pitches will determine whether he winds up as a #4 starter or closer to his low #1, high #2 ceiling. Either way, he’s an exciting prospect, the kind of prospect you should make a trip to your local minor league park just to see. (- B. Blackwell, ’16-’17 offseason)
The OFR Scouting Report
Stamina: 35 ↑↑↑↑↑
Allard is still building stamina, but as long as his health doesn’t fail him, he should be able to shoulder a starter’s workload within a few years.
Walk Avoidance: 40 ↑↑↑
Allard didn’t issue many walks last year, but that was while mowing down low-A and rookie ball hitters. There’s reason to think his good command will help him avoid free passes down the road, but you want a better track record before slapping a much higher grade on him just yet.
Strikeout Ability: 40 ↑↑↑↑↑
The arrows indicate an aggressive future forecast, but he has good command, a reliable fastball, and a potentially killer curveball. The key, though, will be the development of his changeup. If it turns into an out pitch against righties, he could very well reach these lofty heights.
Groundball Induction: n/a
20-80 scale, where 20 will prevent you from reaching the bigs, 30 is terrible, 40 is below average, 50 is MLB average, 60 is plus, 70 is plus-plus, and 80 is HOF-level. The OFR Scouting Report is based mostly on statistical forecasting models such as ZiPs, PECOTA, etc. Arrows indicate projected room for growth or decline, with each representing a 5 point movement on the 20-80 scale.
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