San Diego Padres top 10 prospects for 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. - JULY 15: Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 of the World Team looks on during batting practice at the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on Sunday, July 15, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images) *** Fernando Tatis Jr.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - JULY 15: Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 of the World Team looks on during batting practice at the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on Sunday, July 15, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images) *** Fernando Tatis Jr. /
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9. Logan Allen, LHP

Birthday: 5/23/1997 (21)
Acquired: Trade with Boston, November 2015
Level(s): AA San Antonio, AAA El Paso
Statistics: 14-6, 25 G, 24 GS, 148 2/3 IP, 2.54 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 8.6% BB, 25.4% K

After the San Diego Padres saw Joey Lucchesi and Eric Lauer come up in 2018 and find success at the major league level, they could have another lefty ready to break through in 2019 in Logan Allen.

Allen is about as unassuming a pitching prospect as could be found, standing a fairly “average” 6’3″ and 200 pounds, working with a fastball that is mostly average, working in the 92-95 range, touching 96 at times. He uses impressive location and command of the fastball to set up everything else he does on the mound.

His primary offspeed pitch is a change that’s an easy plus pitch, able to generate weak swings from both sides of the plate. He compliments both with a curve that really stepped forward in 2018, becoming a legit strikeout weapon for Allen.

Allen has the look of a guy who would slot at the back of a rotation, but he’s always outperformed his “look”, making hitters look silly all the way up the ladder with a smart approach on the mound and the ability to pound the corners and edges of the zone with his pitches.

He could find himself in the San Diego Padres rotation as early as opening day, but certainly, he will be earning starts this season at the big league level.