Chaminade congratulates Austin Allen ’12 on his recent selection in the 4th round of the MLB Draft. The San Diego Padres selected him as the 117th pick. As reported by spacecoastdaily.com, Allen, a Florida Tech catcher, was excited to hear the news, “Anxiously awaiting with family at his home in Kirkwood, Missouri, Allen gushed with joy and relief after he was called and congratulated by the Padres’ area scout.
“Oh man, I don’t even know how to describe it,” he said. “My whole family just erupted. I’m very thankful and very blessed that the Padres are taking a chance on me, and giving me the opportunity to possibly get to the big leagues one day.”
At No. 117, he becomes the highest draft selection in Florida Tech’s program history, even four rounds ahead of World Series Champion Tim Wakefield. Allen, a 6-foot-4 catcher was the first NCAA Division II position player selected in the draft, the first Sunshine State Conference player and the first from Florida Tech since Scott Carcaise was selected by the Miami Marlins in 2013.
Allen was named to the ABCA/Rawlings Second Team All-American after claiming the SSC batting title (.421 average) and breaking the school’s single-season record with 25 doubles along with 11 home runs.
“I can’t say thank you enough to Coach (Greg) Berkemeier and Coach (Matt) Mercurio for just giving me the chance to come to Florida Tech and play,” he said.
“I’ve always hoped to get drafted, but I never thought it’d be this high. To have that honor is an unbelievable feeling. To know the players that have come before me, it’s a sign that our program is on the up and coming,” Allen said.
According to the scouting report from MLB.com Allen can make an impact regardless of position. “One of the best Division II talents in the country, Allen can really swing the bat. He has plus bat speed from the left side of the plate with a good overall approach that should allow him to hit for average. He has plenty of power and could have even more as he learns to pull the ball more when needed. His overall catching is a work in progress, as he has limited agility, but many think he has the chance to stick behind the plate. He does have decent hands and good raw arm strength, though his exchange and footwork make his overall arm just average. Even if a team isn’t sure Allen can be a catcher long-term, there’s a good chance one will buy the bat.”
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