Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Scouting the 2017 Draft: Nick Allen

No news out of the Giants camp except endless speculation about when Johnny Cueto is going to arrive.  That's a good thing.  Back to scouting the draft……


Nick Allen, SS, HS.  B-R, T-R.  5'9", 155 lbs.

If you have not seen video of Nick Allen making some amazing plays at SS in showcase competition, please go look them up now.  This kid is ready to play SS in the majors right now!  Let's get to the PT stats:  6.73 60 yd dash which is a bit above average.  91 MPH on IF throws which is quite good. .140 Time to Impact which is….well, a bit slow.   The other concern is is size which is diminutive by current MLB standards.  But the kid can stick at SS, no doubt about it.  Comp would be a more athletic and stronger armed version of David Eckstein.  Committed to USC.  We'll see if there is a team out there who believes in him enough to buy out his commitment.


DrB's Updated 2017 Draft Board:

1.  Jordan Adell, OF, HS.
2.  Mark Vientos, SS, HS.
3.  Hunter Greene, RHP, HS.
4.  Tanner Houck, RHP, College(Missouri).
5.  JB Backauskas, RHP, College(North Carolina).
6.  Jeren Kendall, OF, College(Vanderbilt).
7.  JJ Schwarz, C, College(Florida).
8.  Alex Faedo, RHP, College(Florida).
9.  Kyle Wright, RHP, College(Vanderbilt).
10.  Alex Lange, RHP, College(LSU).
11.  Brady McConnell, SS, HS.
12.  Royce Lewis, SS/OF, HS.
13.  Trevor Rogers, LHP, HS.
14.  Brendan McKay, LHP, College(Louisville).
15.  Seth Romero, LHP, College(Houston).
16.  Alex Scherff, RHP, HS.
17.  Hans Crouse, RHP, HS.
18.  DL Hall, LHP, HS.
19.  Jacob Heatherly, LHP, HS.
20.  Michael Gigliotti, OF, College(Lipscomb).
21.  Calvin Mitchell, OF, HS.
22.  Conor Uselton, OF, HS.
23.  Pavin Smith, 1B, College(Virginia).
24.  Cole Brannen, OF, HS.
26.  Blayne Enlow, RHP, HS.
27.  Hagen Danner, RHP, HS.
28.  Alejandro Toral, 1B, HS.
29.  Tristan Beck, RHP, College(Stanford).
30.  Colton Hock, RHP, College(Stanford).
31.  Corbin Martin, RHP, College(Texas A&M).


  1. Wow, this kid has all-star talent written all over him, though he does definitely have a long way to go - and size is not helping him. Huge risk, but I could see the Giants going big with Allen, thinking about how valuable Crawford has been to this team, just purely based on his incredible value added in the hole.

    Gotta say, looks like this is a very HS heavy top end of the draft this year - or have you been intentionally evaluating HS talent first this year Doc? Don't think the Giants prefer HS talent in the first round unless it's a Bumgarner type powerhouse.

    How do you see the draft leaning for the Giants right now?

    1. This draft is strong for college and HS pitching, fair for HS hitters. It might be the weakest class of college hitters in history!

    2. All things being equal, most teams will take college pitchers ahead of HS pitchers in the draft. Right now it's looking like the best player available to the Giants at #19 will be a HS pitcher. Some of the names to be looking at include Trevor Rogers(my top choice), Alex Scherff, Hans Crouse, Jacob Heatherly and DL Hall.

  2. Right on. HS pitchers are far more palatable for me than HS hitters, particularly when we're taking first-round talent. I'll take a look at those few guys, but the draft boards will change so heavily between now & June, so who knows.

    That said, in a "week college hitter" draft class, I have a feeling that the bb/k specialists, if they're out there, are largely getting ignored as usual.

    Good thing the Giants jumped on Heath Quinn and Reynolds. It's good to have some very high ceiling bats moving through the system.

    My goodness, when does the MiLB season start, already!?

  3. Woh - Trevor Rogers, I see that too. Very loose whippy action, even reminiscent of Bumgarner. Very projectable frame and he's got that stone cold poise up there too. Big time grades from me, thanks for the tip here.

    I'd avoid Scherff with that motion, particularly for a HS kid, no idea if that can hold up, but he's not using his big muscles for the heavy lifting. Heatherly looks like Clayton Blackburn, for whatever that's worth, but yes, Rogers clearly ahead of the other 4 you mentioned. We'll see...