Many Oakland A fans were delighted with the top perspective Nick Allen for years, but now the rest of the world has had a look at our hopeful future shortstop.
Allen, 22, played for Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics this summer and put on quite a show. In the end, he had won a silver medal along with the rest of his teammates, and he also picked up a piece of custom hardware when he was named the best defensive player for the Olympic tournament.
Allen’s journey with Team USA began in May when he briefly resigned from the Double-A Midland RockHounds to play for his country in an Olympic qualifying tournament. The squad successfully qualified for the Tokyo Games and Allen was named to the Olympic team.
Team USA played six games in Tokyo, and Allen started short in each. In addition to his award-winning glove, he also took second place in club average and third in hit percentage.
- Allen, Olympia: 6-for-21 (.286), HR, 2 doubles, 1 BB, 5 Ks
In the opening game against Israel Allen singled out in the 3rd inning, stole second base and scored an 8-1 win in the first run. In the next game against Korea he managed a 4-2 win.
They then played against Japan and the US lost 7-6, but Allen got back on the way there. With the score in the 4th inning, he hit an RBI double from the MLB star Masahiro Tanakawhich put the US in the lead and put Tanaka out of the game.
Team USA returned to the victory column with a 3-1 result against the Dominican Republic, but Allen was ultimately calm with a 0v3 line. Next up was the semi-finals against Korea and he scored again but left and got one run in the midst of a 7-2 triumph.
This meant that Allen and the USA were in the final against hosts Japan and unfortunately lagged behind the gold medal in a 2-0 defeat. But Allen went out of his way to carry her and scored three hits to explain this half of a total of six of the entire list. He single in 5th and doubled in 7th but was stranded both times, then again in 9th single and was later pushed out of the tournament on second base for the finals.
Here is the doubling in the 7th, which he lines up slightly in the middle to his pulling side.
And here’s the single on the 9th to keep the game alive. He hit with two outs and no one to serve, so he represented the USA’s last hope and successfully brought the tieing run to the record. This time he pushed a liner the other way up the RF line.
As for his defense, the highlight below is that he doesn’t quite make a catch, but covering that type of ground on a popup will serve him well in the Colosseum’s vast foul territory.
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Although this was Allen’s first time on the US Olympic team, he has some national experience. He won gold medals in the international game with the 15U team (2013) and again with the 18U team (2016).
Now that the Tokyo Games are over, Allen will return to the A’s farm and continue to work his way up to the majors. He entered the season as number 3 in the Oakland system and has only grown since then, including a career-best batting line in his first taste of the upper class in double-A.
- Allen, AA: .319 / .374 / .471, 127 wRC +, 6 HR, 8 SB, 7.9% BB, 20.1% Ks
Of course, despite these strong numbers, his calling card is still his elite field. The MLB pipeline has named him the best defensive shortstop in all of the minor leagues for the past two winters, and his glove is already considered MLB-ready.
In fact, he played so well this year that he could go straight to the Triple-A on his return. reports insider Martin Gallegos. But The Athletic’s Melissa Lockard has set her goals even higher and suggests the following:
“Since Matt Chapman was recently asked to play shortstop in additional innings for the A at the major league level, it cannot be ruled out that Allen could at some point be accepted into the big league of the A squad. He has proven that when the pressure is high, his performance increases with it. “
Congratulations to everyone on an Olympic medal and an individual tournament prize!
Additional Olympic Notes
Baseball wasn’t in the Olympics in 2016 or 2012, so the last edition came in 2008. Brett Anderson and Trevor Cahill, then A’s prospects, won bronze that year. The last time the US won gold was in Sydney in 2000, and that roster included catchers Marcus Jensenwho is now the Oakland Bullpen Trainer.