September Sleeper Brandon Allen
See You in September: Brandon Allen, Diamondbacks OF
Looking for a September call-up sleeper with some pop?
Try Brandon Allen of the Diamondbacks.
Brandon Allen, who had a less than spectacular end of year call-up for Arizona last year (.202 with 40 whiffs in 102 AB’s), looks to be the starting left fielder for the rest of the season for the disappointing Arizona club.
Brandon Allen was anticipated to be fighting for the starting first baseman job in the off-season until Arizona signed Adam LaRoche. The LaRoche signing sent Allen to Triple-A Reno for the year where he has belted 25 homers thus far. Power is Allen’s game. He’s hit 29, 20 and 25+ homers in the minors the past three seasons. Baseball Cube gives Allen his highest numbers in power at 80.
Allen, 24, is said to be the starting left fielder for the month of September which will send Gerardo Parra (.243/3/24/0) to the pine. While his long-term future is at first base, Allen has played 30 games in the outfield for Reno this year in anticipation of this opportunity. Prior to this year, Allen played just 8 games of his 531 minor league games in the outfield.
The Diamondbacks new left fielder was a 5th round pick of the White Sox in 2004. Last year, Arizona acquired him from Chicago in the trade that sent Tony Pena to the Sox. Look for the Conroe, Texas native to join the big league club on September 1.