Nick Allen analyzes his development at A’s alternate site in Stockton

What A’s possibility Allen found out at alternate website in 2020 initially appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Even after the cancelation of the 2020 Minors season, Nick Allen still discovered himself back at Excite Ballpark in San Jose, Calif. 

It wasn’t for a video game versus the San Jose Giants, like what might have been prepared. Nevertheless, in the long run, it might have been for the much better. 

The A’s utilized San Jose’s centers to host their alternate website, where Allen invested the summer season. He got important time with Oakland’s gamer advancement personnel as they worked to even more establish the 22-year-old after the loss of a complete minors season. Allen spoke with MLB Pipeline’s Jonathan Mayo, sharing the worth of his experience.

“I thought last year, the 2020 season, being at the alternate site, I just learned so much,” Allen stated.  “You didn’t get a lot of at-bats, but you got to face a lot of pitchers that have stuff at the higher levels and really know how to command their pitches and sequences.

“For me, I established because element. How to action in package, how to create a tactical plan … that’s truly where I established a lot.”

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That’s good news for Allen, who missed a significant chunk of the 2019 season with a high ankle sprain in June. While he was able to gain some reps back by participating in the Arizona Fall League later that year, his missed time, coupled with the ensuing elimination of the Minor League season, was a cause for concern for the A’s. 

Obviously, training at the alternate site didn’t make up for the loss of 140 Minor League games. But in Allen’s case, he was able to focus on other factors that led to a different type of development. Working alongside fellow top prospects, along with an array of big leaguers and coaches, led to that. 

“It’s certainly amazing when you can go select it with some other people, gamers and coaches, that certainly have had a great deal of success in this video game,” Allen stated. 

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Chosen by the A’s in the 3rd round of the 2017 draft, Allen sits as the company’s fourth-ranked possibility per MLB.com. Though he’s yet to play above Class-A ball, he’s currently profiled as an elite middle infielder. Allen’s main position is shortstop, and while he can slot over to 2nd base, his fast hands, plus variety and quick footwork depict a long-term profession at the previous. 

His ankle injury restricted him to 72 video games with the Ports in 2019, however he put together a notable .292/.363/.434 line while legging out 22 doubles and 5 triples. This was particularly motivating to the A’s, as Allen’s offending production had actually been a concern in seasons prior. As an outcome, he was welcomed to spring training as a non-roster guest in 2020.

Now, the A’s will hope Allen’s improved advancement last summer season can stand up to another uncertainty-ridden season. If it does, he might be with the major league team at some time come 2021.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.