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2018 Mets draft profile: Allan Winans

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With their seventeenth selection in the 2018 draft, the Mets selected Allan Winans, a right-handed pitcher from California.

Name: Allan Winans

Born: Bakersfield, California

Age: 22 (8/10/95)

Height/Weight: 6’2”/165 lbs.

Position: RHP

Bats/Throws: R/R

School: Campbell University

A two-time First Team All-Conference selection at Frontier High School in Bakersfield, California, Allan Winans posted a 1.98 ERA in 70.2 innings as a senior, striking out a school record 92 batters. He initially attended Bakersfield College, where he posted a 4.07 ERA in 79.2 innings pitched as a freshman and a 3.16 ERA in 94.0 innings pitched as a sophomore. He transferred to Campbell University but missed the season due to bad grades. He returned to the field in 2017 and posted a 6.42 ERA in 63.1 innings, allowing 80 hits, walking 18, and striking out 42. This past season, he enjoyed a lot more success, getting voted 2018 Big South Pitcher of the Year. In 82.1 innings with the Camels, he posted a conference-high 2.73 ERA, striking out 96 batters.

The right-hander throws from a three-quarters arm slot. Looking up to Houston Astros right-hander Justin Verlander, he has tried to model his mechanics and even pre-game rituals off of the future Hall of Famer, going as far as to have Taco Bell before every start, just as Verlander does. Ensuring that he keeps his momentum straight and towards the plate has been Winans’s biggest struggle, mechanically. Often, he will lose momentum by planting his landing leg too early, or by pushing off the rubber on a slight angle. When he is able to keep his momentum forward, he is able to keep up his velocity and has better command of his pitches- a slider with short, tight break, and a 12-6 curveball.