The first spotlight in our MLB Draft prospect profile series, Logan Allen is primarily a left-handed pitcher, although he also boasts a solid bat, for Florida International. After being drafted in the 19th round out of high school, Allen honored his commitment to FIU, and the southpaw has consistently raised his draft stock, and he’s a borderline first round draft pick, if he decides to forego his collegiate eligibility.
This past season would have been Allen’s junior campaign, and although the NCAA is giving back a year of eligibility, the FIU lefty may capitalize on his high draft stock, which was boosted by a strong, if brief, start to the shortened season. In just four starts this season, he averaged over six innings per outing, boasting a sparkling 2.45 ERA. That followed up a sophomore year with a 3.11 ERA. Allen has also been a threat at the plate, hitting .311 in ten games this year after knocking his way to a .276 average last season. Although he will likely be drafted as a hurler, Allens’ dual abilities on the mound and on the plate are notable to say the least.
Allen has had more than a few memorable performances on the mound for the Panthers. He burst onto the scene his freshman year with eight shutout innings, sending FIU to the conference championship game. In his sophomore year, during which he made 14 starts, Allen recorded his career high of 13 strikeouts against Georgia Mason on Feburary 23, 2019. However, Allen seemed ready to hit a new level, as he was firing on all cylinders to start the season. Facing George Mason again in a non-conference game, Allen shut them down once more with seven innings of one-hit ball, once again punching out 13 batters. It was one of the finest performances of his career, and a potentially fitting punctuation mark on what has been a spectacular run with FIU. Projection
Logan Allen will be a useful talent for whoever lands him. Many believe Allen has the best changeup in the draft class, and with two full collegiate seasons behind him, after being a draft pick out of high school, Allen could be on the fast track towards the major if he acclimates to the professional lifestyle.
Prediction: Round 2, Pick 47, Chicago White Sox
The White Sox have only one left-handed pitcher in their Top 30 prospects, and their window to win is fast approaching. Grabbing Allen, a decently polished pitcher who could help out in the big leagues in just a few years would be a great asset, and a boost to the thinnest part of their farm system.