Born: Stanford, Florida
Age: 18 (4/17/2001)
Height/Weight: 6’3”/210 lbs.
School: Seminole High School (Stanford, Florida)
While not an unknown coming into the 2018 season, Matthew Allan wasn’t exactly at the top of the draft boards. Thanks to a strong showcase on the summer circuit, his stock has massive helium and Allan is considered among the best prep pitchers in the 2019 MLB Draft class. Allan has been a big reason the Seminoles reached the Florida regionals for first time since 2001.
The right-hander throws from a three-quarters arm slot, incorporating a big leg lift. His mechanics are loose, low effort, and repeatable, though some evaluators have expressed concern that his arm action in the back may be leading to the control problems he periodically exhibits. At 6’3”, 210 lbs., Allan has a durable pitching frame, rarely showing fatigue or stamina problems while on the mound.
Allan possesses a plus fastball, sitting in the mid-90s and topping out as high as 97 MPH. He is able to command the pitch well, working in the upper and lower halves of the strike zone with it. While the pitch does not have much run, he throws with downward plane, giving the pitch some sink. He complements his fastball with a power 12-6 curveball that sits around 80 MPH and is considered a plus pitch. He is able to throw the pitch for strikes and out of the zone to get batters fishing, working arm and glove side. In addition, he throws a low-to-mid-80s changeup, but the pitch is firm and still in development.
Allan has a commitment to the University of Florida.