Austin Allen
26-Year-Old CatcherC
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Allen has hit 20-plus homers in each of the past three seasons in the San Diego system while hitting no worse than .283. The Padres' affiliates are in some friendly offensive environments, and El Paso is the best one in the minors so take the .330/.379/.663 line he put up last year with more than a pinch of salt. San Diego gave Allen some time at first base so that he would have some flexibility on the major-league roster, though given Eric Hosmer's durability, and with Francisco Mejia and Austin Hedges on the team, Allen's playing time was always tough to envision. Mejia is slated for a similar role in 2020 and the club wasn't going to move on from the amazing defense Hedges provides, so Allen was the one deemed expendable. The Padres traded him to Oakland in December. He will likely slot in behind Sean Murphy, but keep in mind Murphy has missed significant time with knee issues. Read Past Outlooks
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$Traded to the Athletics in December of 2019.
Should have job security
COakland Athletics
June 26, 2020
Allen, who was in a heated battle for the backup catcher job before spring training was suspended, is highly likely to make the Opening Day roster, Melissa Lockard of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Allen came into spring camp as the favorite over Jonah Heim to back up starter Sean Murphy, but Heim made it a much tighter battle than expected by hitting .320 across 12 Cactus League games. Impressive as those numbers were, Allen was even better while hitting .406 (13-for-32) with two home runs and 10 RBI. Consequently, it would have likely been a close call for manager Bob Melvin had the regular season unfolded under normal circumstances with teams limited to 26-man rosters, Saxon notes the fact there are now four extra slots to work with almost certainly serves to lock in spots for both young backstops, and the fact Allen is already on the 40-man roster only ups his chances of staying put when the regular season begins.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+211%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+211%
OPS vs RHP
2018
No Stats
2017
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .200 10 1 0 1 0 .100 .100 .100
Since 2017vs Right .621 61 3 0 2 0 .236 .311 .309
2019vs Left .200 10 1 0 1 0 .100 .100 .100
2019vs Right .621 61 3 0 2 0 .236 .311 .309
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+15%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+15%
OPS on Road
2018
No Stats
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .520 36 1 0 2 0 .212 .278 .242
Since 2017Away .598 35 3 0 1 0 .219 .286 .313
2019Home .520 36 1 0 2 0 .212 .278 .242
2019Away .598 35 3 0 1 0 .219 .286 .313
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Austin Allen compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.29
 
BB Rate
8.5%
 
K Rate
29.6%
 
BABIP
.318
 
ISO
.062
 
AVG
.215
 
OBP
.282
 
SLG
.277
 
OPS
.559
 
wOBA
.236
 
Exit Velocity
84.2 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
27.3%
 
Barrels/PA
1.4%
 
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
A fourth-round selection in the 2015 draft, Allen hailed from largely unknown Division II Florida Tech but had an extremely successful first full season in the minors. Allen showed a superior ability to make contact, fanning just 69 times in 109 games. Allen only drew 29 walks, though that is difficult to pick on when he hit .320 over an entire season. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Allen is also expected to blast more home runs with his left-handed power stroke. Allen does need more polish behind the dish, and he may not end up sticking behind the plate long term, but he's primed to take another step forward in 2017 while playing in the hitter friendly confines of the California League.
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In heated job battle
COakland Athletics
April 14, 2020
The backup catcher job battle between Allen and Jonah Heim seemed to be "at a standstill" when spring training was suspended, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
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Making strong case in spring
COakland Athletics
March 10, 2020
Allen, who's battling for a backup catcher job, is hitting .379 with two doubles, two home runs, nine RBI, two walks and six runs across his first 14 Cactus League games.
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Traded to Oakland
COakland Athletics
December 2, 2019
Allen and a player to be named later were traded to the Athletics from the Padres on Monday in exchange for Jurickson Profar, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
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Returns to big leagues
CSan Diego Padres
August 30, 2019
Allen was recalled from Triple-A El Paso on Friday.
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Sent back to minors
CSan Diego Padres
August 28, 2019
Allen was optioned to Triple-A El Paso on Wednesday.
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