Allan Cerda didn’t start out his professional career on the best of notes. In 2018 he debuted with the Dominican Summer League Reds and hit .159 and slugged .205 in the first three weeks of the season. But things clicked from that point forward and the outfielder hit .310/.431/.519 the rest of the season.
In 2019 the Reds moved Allan Cerda up to the United States and out of the Dominican complex, and when the short-season leagues began they sent the outfielder to join the Greeneville Reds. Things didn’t go well in the first two games of the year for the then 19-year-old, going 0-8 with six strikeouts. But things turned around rather quickly in the final eight games of the month where he hit .379 and slugged .897 thanks two four home runs – including a 2-homer game that included two singles, too, on the 27th of June against Johnson City. He would hit .297/.325/.703 on the month in the 10 games played. Cerda didn’t draw a walk, though, and had 14 strikeouts.
When July began, the hitting continued at a solid level. In the first 10 games of the month, Allan Cerda hit .256/.356/.462 with four extra-base hits and he picked up six walks along the way. But that also came with 17 strikeouts. The rest of the month was saw the outfielder go into a slump, hitting just .146 (6-41) in the final 14 games. He did walk 12 times to go with 17 more strikeouts, but the hits simply weren’t falling in when he put the ball in play. July saw a .381 on-base percentage thanks to 18 walks and six more hit-by-pitches, but Cerda also hit just .200 with a .350 slugging percentage and struck out 34 times in 106 trips to the plate.
The slump continued into the first few days of August for the Greeneville center fielder. He went 0-10 with seven strikeouts in the first three games of the month. But after a day off on the 5th, he homered in back-to-back games on the 6th and 7th. Unfortunately in the game on the 7th his season would come to an end after being hit in the face by a pitch. The pitch caused a nasal fracture that required surgery.
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Allan Cerda Spray Chart
Allan Cerda Scouting Report
Position: OF | B/T: R/R
Height: 6′ 3″ | Weight: 170 lb | Acquired: International FA, July 2017
Born: November 24, 1999
Hitting | He’s got a below-average hit tool.
Power | There’s above-average power potential here.
Speed | He’s an above-average runner.
Defense | He’s a good defender in center.
Arm | He’s got a good arm.
Allan Cerda’s got plenty of tools to work with. If you see him on the right day he can look like a future star, too. He’s got some real pop in his bat, he can run, and he can play up the middle defense.
There is going to be improvements made at the plate as he moves forward, though. In his career he’s shown a high walk rate, which topped 12% in 2019. But his strikeout rate during the 2019 season was also 34%. That’s a rate that is going to need to come down. The power is real and he’s able to get to it now. But more contact is going to be required to hit for enough of an average to make the whole package work at the plate, too.
Allan Cerda is going to be 20-years-old next season. Time is on his side to improve his contact rate. And if he does that, he could turn into a strong prospect who can do a little bit of everything and do so at a position that most guys can’t. At this point there’s plenty of risk given his age, level he’s currently at, and the strikeout rate. But there’s a high reward, too, given the upside that the tools that are present represent.
Longest Home Run of the Year
429 Feet on August 7th.
Interesting Stat on Allan Cerda
He only had five hits against left-handed pitchers on the year (only 25 at-bats), but four of them went for extra-base hits as he had two doubles and two home runs.
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