When the year began for Jay Allen he was patrolling the outfield for John Carroll High School in Fort Pierce, Florida. But after a strong senior season the Cincinnati Reds selected him 30th overall in the 1st round of the draft.
Nearly a month after the draft the Reds assigned Jay Allen to the Arizona Complex League Reds out in Goodyear. His first game came on the road against the Angels complex team and Allen sent a ball to heaven, crushing a long solo home run, doing 2-3 with a walk. Easing guys back in after a long lay off between school ending and the draft, the outfielder only played 10 games in August, but hit .296/.457/.444 with just five strikeouts in 35 plate appearances.
After starting out the first week of September by going 0-9 in three games, things turned around on the 9th when Jay Allen went 3-3 with two walks, a home run, three runs, and two RBI against the Angels. He would only play in five games the rest of the way as the season came to an end, but he picked up hits in each one of the games, including a homer on the final day of his season. He’d finish September hitting .367/.444/.667 in 36 plate appearances where he struck out just six times.
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Jay Allen Scouting Report
Position: Outfield | B/T: R/R
Height: 6′ 3″ | Weight: 190 lbs | Acquired: 1st Round (2021)
Born: November 22, 2002
Hitting | He’s got an average to slightly above-average hit tool.
Power | There’s above-average raw power in there to tap into in the future.
Speed | He shows slightly above-average speed.
Defense | He’s an average defender who can handle center right now and as long as he doesn’t lose a step should be able to stick there.
Arm | He shows an above-average arm that will work at any of the there outfield spots.
It was only 75 plate appearances, but Jay Allen did all that he could to leave everyone impressed when he stepped to the plate in 2021 as a professional. He hit for average, he made plenty of contact, he hit for power, and he drew plenty of walks. On the bases he was impressive as well, going 14-for-15 in stolen base attempts. For a player who was considered to be a bit raw coming out of the draft, Allen certainly performed like he was anything but.
There’s not a single tool in his arsenal that leaps off of the page at you. But all five of his tools could be average or better at the big league level in the future. A strong athlete who was a three sport star in high school could continue to improve quickly with more of a sole focus on baseball now that it’s his career. There are some questions about where he eventually winds up on the defensive spectrum. His speed doesn’t stand out, so if he loses any of it moving forward it may mean sliding over to right field. Defensively that won’t be an issue, but having his bat in center would certainly make it more valuable.
Jay Allen Spray Chart
Interesting Stat on Jay Allen
Small sample size galore here, but his home/road splits were wild. At home he hit .130/.259/.174 in 7 games. On the road he hit .471/.568/.824 in 11 games (and he stole 12 bases).
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