Oakland A’s news: Nick Allen turning heads with defensive wizardry

Happy Monday, Athletics Nation!

And glad birthday to A’s shortstop Nick Allen, who became 24 on Saturday. He’s additionally been turning heads across the league with performs like this one:

Daniel Brown at The Athletic profiled Allen and concluded that he “is poised to take control of the job he was born to do.” Allen has dazzled spectators with impressive internet gem stones, and his defensive stats correlate with the optics: his Ultimate Zone Rating would position him fourth amongst AL shortstops in 2022 if he’d performed a complete season on the place, and his UZR/150, which controls for a fielder’s collection of probabilities, would put him first.

Allen’s teammate Shea Langeliers stated, “He’s going to be a Gold Glover someday.”

That turns out like an eminently believable prediction, only if Allen can turn out to be no less than a satisfactory hitter on the main league stage. His line for 2022 indisputably warrants growth.

  • Allen, 2022 MLB: .207/.256/.291, 61 wRC+, 326 PA, 4 HR, 3 SB, 5.8% BB, 19.6% Ks

Those aren’t just right numbers, however veteran software guy Chad Pinder remarked that Allen demonstrated vital growth on the plate because the season got here to a detailed.

“I don’t know if you guys watched Nick Allen in the last two weeks — the at-bats he was taking, the swings he was taking — but he took a monster leap this past month with his approach at the plate.”

I’m now not certain if AN’s personal esteemed Nico was once similarly inspired with Allen’s late-season offensive development—which by the way didn’t translate to a lot of a stat bump, because the 3rd spherical choose from 2017 post only a 70 wRC+ within the seasons’ 5 ultimate sequence. Nevertheless, I’ve a sense Li’l Nicky will likely be deemed extra “wheat” than “chaff” within the Blogfather’s coming near near installment. I’m indisputably taking a look ahead to seeing what Nick Allen can do because the A’s full-time shortstop subsequent season. How about you?

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