SAVANNAH, GA - The 2009 Savannah Sand Gnats were headlined by the emergence of numerous pitching…
Allen Shines in Final Start
Allen was brilliant Friday night, as he worked five innings and allowed only 3 hits and an unearned to the RiverDogs.
Allen finishes his first year of full season baseball 9-6 with an ERA of 3.45, which is the lowest it has been all year.
"Each game it seems like he's beginning to get a feel for himself and realize what he can do," said Savannah pitching coach Mark Valdes. "He's learned how to control his emotions and it's helped him out on the field," Valdes added.
Allen saw major improvement throughout the 2009 season, as he perfected his three pitches, including much improvement on his changeup, which some say is separates him from the rest of the Gnats rotation, and improved control and velocity on his slider, a pitch that scouts wanted to see improvement on since the beginning of the season.
"Everybody knows he's got a good changeup. He's had that since last year and he's developed that pitch even more so where he can throw that pitch at anytime and that has helped him out a lot," Valdes said.
That dominate changeup along with the vast improvement on his third pitch, allowed Allen to record 111 strikeouts on the year, the second highest on the team behind Eric Beaulac.
"I just want to stay focused and keep working hard everyday," Allen said. The harder I work, the better I will perform. I want to be a starter and I know that my hard work can make that happen."
At just 19-years-old, Allen has a bright future in front of him. With a solid fastball, a nasty changeup and a much improved slider, strikeouts, wins, and success are all sure to come in the near future for this right-handed prospect.
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