Former Florida Tech Panther Austin Allen Receiving High Reviews From San Diego Padres
By Florida Tech // August 12, 2015
No. 18 rated prospect in the ball club
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – It has been a memorable summer for one of Florida Tech’s former student-athletes, Austin Allen, as he has made the most of the opportunity to live his dream of playing professional baseball.
Allen has climbed the charts quickly and now finds himself as the No. 18 rated prospect, and the top catcher, in the San Diego Padres organization.
A product of Kirkwood, Missouri, Allen was the No. 117 selection overall and chosen in the fourth round in the 2015 MLB Draft. He started his pro career in Pasco, Washington with the Tri-City Dust Devils of the Northwest League.
In just 35 games with the Padres’ affiliate, the 6-foot-4 backstop has established himself as one of the team’s most productive hitters.
Allen has racked up two home runs, 25 RBIs, 14 runs scored and currently ranks first among catchers in the NWL in walks (16), second in RBIs and fourth in slugging percentage (.308). His 25 “ribbies” are second on the Dust Devils behind Jose Carlos Urena (40).
In his last 10 games, Allen batted .242 and notched nine RBIs, seven base on balls, five runs scored and two home runs.
On Aug. 9, he hit his second professional home run against the Indians in the Dust Devils’ 7-3 victory.
He is hitting .215 on the season.
The Dust Devils next play Tuesday, Aug. 11 versus NWL opponent the Spokane Indians.