2014 Indians 6th round pick: CF Greg Allen
With their 6th round pick in the 2014 Draft the Cleveland Indians have selected center fielder Greg Allen out of San Diego State University.
Born: 3/15/1993 – Height: 6’4” – Weight: 170 – Bats: Switch – Throws: Right
Baseball America: 162
Tony’s take: The Indians once again took a guy who was higher on draft boards but slipped to the sixth round. He has a wiry dram and with a pro strength and conditioning program could fill out more which could allow him to show more gap power. He has a patient approach and grinds out at bats and has plus speed, so he profiles as a top of the lineup hitter. As a switch-hitter and the versatility to move around in the outfield he projects as a fourth outfielder, but the fact the Indians classified him as a center fielder when they selected him shows they may initially try and develop him as a center fielder and see what happens. He has the potential to be an impact player with his glove and speed, so if he hits this guy could really be something for the Indians. He could be the regular center fielder at Mahoning Valley to start the season.
Jeff Ellis: Allen was a top 100 guy in a lot of places. He played centerfield for San Diego State this year and has the floor of a fourth outfielder and a ceiling of Michael Bourn. I think he has average tools across the board except for three. He has virtually no power, but the other side his speed and defense are both plus tools. Allen is a switch hitter who had a near equal walk to strikeout ratio this year. Allen has a chance to be a leadoff hitter in centerfield who can be a headache on the base paths. He might never be a star, but with an average hit tool and a good eye Allen is an excellent value in the sixth round.
Press release: CF Greg Allen hit .302 with 25 stolen bases for the SD State Aztecs this season. Named to preseason Baseball America's All-America 2nd Team.