Sunday, February 22, 2015

Looking at the 2015 Draft: 7th Best Prospect

Continuing our look at the 2015 MLB First Year Players Draft we take a look at the #7 ranked prospect expected to enter the draft. As always we will include the mini scouting report from as we introduce the #7 prospect, Kolby Allard. Allard is a LHP from San Clemente High School in Califnornia. 

Here is the write up from

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Slider: 60 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 60 | Overall: 55

While Allard may not be big in stature, he had a huge summer on the high school showcase circuit. The 6-foot, 170-pounder won MVP honors at the Perfect Game All-American Classic in San Diego by needing just 12 pitches to strike out the side in the second inning. A month later, he pitched Team USA to a gold medal at the 18-and-under Pan American Championships in Mexico, fanning 17 of the 29 hitters he faced.

As a Southern California product who ranks as the best pitching prospect in the high school class, he's following in the footsteps of Brady Aiken. His size may prevent him from going No. 1 overall like Aiken did in 2014, but Allard has similar stuff.

A UCLA recruit, he has two plus pitches in his 92-94 mph fastball that tops out at 96 and a tight curveball. Allard's third pitch is a changeup that needs more work. He has an easy delivery that enhances his ability to command his pitches and his chances to remain a starter despite his smaller build.

7. Kolby Allard
8. Daz Cameron
9. Dansby Swanson
10. Ashe Russell
11. Justin Hooper
12. Carson Fulmer
13. Alex Bregman
14. Nick Plummer
15. Trenton Clark
16. Ian Happ
17. Phil Bickford
18. Mike Nikorak
19. Kyle Cody
20. Cody Ponce
21. Riley Ferrell
22. Chris Betts
23. James Kaprielian
24. Jake Lemoine
25. Beau Burrows
26. Richie Martin
27. Kyle Tucker
28. D.J. Stewart

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