Greg Allen
Greg Allen
27-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Cleveland Indians
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Love will make a person do crazy things, and speed will make a fantasy player do crazy things like draft Allen. The switch hitter stole 21 bases in just 91 games with the Indians in 2018 and had multiple 30-plus steal seasons on the farm prior to his arrival to the big leagues. He was also passable in the BA department in 2018, but a 1.4% barrel rate and 84.7 mph average exit velocity showed a distinct lack of thump in his bat. Manager Terry Francona clearly wasn't a believer, as he tabbed Jake Bauers, Leonys Martin and Tyler Naquin as his primary outfielders for the start of the season. Allen was demoted in late April and ended up riding the shuttle back and forth for most of the summer. The strong walk rates Allen showed at the lower levels haven't translated, and while a 20.7 K% isn't bad in a vacuum, it's way too high for a player with as little pop as Allen. He's a fourth outfielder. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Indians in March of 2018.
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OFCleveland Indians  AAA
August 6, 2020
ANALYSIS
He has played sparingly thus far but is hitless with four strikeouts in eight at-bats. Allen will continue to play out his depth role for Cleveland, but he may be running out of opportunities to carve out a long-term role with this club.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+60%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+72%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+43%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .437 128 12 0 5 4 .190 .222 .215
Since 2018vs Right .698 428 54 6 42 25 .256 .320 .379
2020vs Left .000 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2020vs Right .167 6 0 0 0 0 .000 .167 .000
2019vs Left .423 73 7 0 3 1 .186 .208 .214
2019vs Right .726 183 23 4 24 7 .248 .322 .404
2018vs Left .484 52 5 0 2 3 .208 .255 .229
2018vs Right .691 239 31 2 18 18 .267 .322 .369
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+36%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
-100%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+49%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+25%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .527 234 24 1 19 11 .216 .257 .271
Since 2018Away .719 322 42 5 28 18 .259 .327 .392
2020Home .000 5 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2020Away .250 4 0 0 0 0 .000 .250 .000
2019Home .489 96 7 0 10 3 .191 .242 .247
2019Away .727 160 23 4 17 5 .254 .318 .408
2018Home .575 133 17 1 9 8 .242 .277 .298
2018Away .721 158 19 1 11 13 .270 .338 .383
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Stat Review
How does Greg 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
0.00
 
BB Rate
0.0%
 
K Rate
44.4%
 
BABIP
.000
 
ISO
.000
 
AVG
.000
 
OBP
.111
 
SLG
.000
 
OPS
.111
 
wOBA
.080
 
Exit Velocity
76.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
0.0%
 
Barrels/PA
0.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
2017
Allen opened the 2018 season with Triple-A Columbus, though he appeared in just 47 games for the Clippers as injuries to the Indians' outfield brought him up into a temporary starting role more than once. The speedster initially struggled upon joining the big club, hitting just .204/.248/.301 with four steals across 34 games before being sent back to the minors. Allen was a different player when he returned at the beginning of July, however, slashing .290/.348/.370 with 17 stolen bases in 57 games (42 starts) the rest of the season. He benefitted from some batted-ball luck over his second-half surge, and it's still unknown if his recent success at the plate is sustainable over the course of a full season. Allen's contributions in 2019 will hinge on his volume of playing time. He could be a valuable source of steals if he's afforded a regular role.
As if getting off to a slow start last season as a 24-year-old at Double-A wasn't bad enough, Allen missed more than two months after breaking his hand in early May. He was about the same before and after the injury, showing off 70-grade speed on the bases (21-for-23 on stolen-base attempts) while struggling to do damage at the plate. Now entering his age-25 season with just 39 plate appearances above Double-A (all in the majors), the warning signs of a likely fourth outfielder are getting harder to ignore. His speed on the bases could be immensely valuable in fantasy, but he needs to get enough playing time to make an impact. It's possible he is able to be Rajai Davis 2.0, drifting from bad team to bad team, racking up starts in center field and tallying several 40-steal campaigns. Unfortunately, it is hard to see any of that happening in Cleveland, and he is valuable enough as a backup that they have no incentive to get rid of him.
Allen posted a 124 wRC+ and stole 46 bases in 2015, but considering he was 22 and at Low-A, it was easy to overlook. He then bested those numbers across stops at High-A, Double-A and the Arizona Fall League en route to being one of the top pop-up prospects of 2016. Despite his age and draft slot (sixth round in 2014), this is a legitimate high-end prospect. He walked more than he struck out at High-A and maintained an excellent approach at Double-A. His success rate on the bases jumped from 74.2 percent to 77.6 percent while running against more advanced batteries. He sold out for power in the AFL, hitting three home runs in 22 games, but that is not his game. The determining factor for his fantasy value will be his hit tool. If it is a 50 grade, he is Michael Bourn. If it is a 60 or better, he might be Kenny Lofton. Look for him to make his big league debut sometime this summer.
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Can't get going in spring training
OFCleveland Indians  AAA
March 23, 2020
Allen went 2-for-21 with two RBI and a stolen base in nine games during spring training.
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On bench again
OFCleveland Indians  AAA
September 29, 2019
Allen is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Nationals, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
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Sits against southpaw
OFCleveland Indians  AAA
September 28, 2019
Allen is not in the lineup Saturday against the Nationals.
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Not starting Wednesday
OFCleveland Indians  AAA
September 25, 2019
Allen will sit Wednesday against the White Sox.
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Out vs. lefty
OFCleveland Indians  AAA
September 24, 2019
Allen is not in the lineup Tuesday against the White Sox.
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