Future Watch: Kolby Allard Baseball Rookie Cards, Braves – Kolby Allard was a first round selection in the 2015 MLB Draft as the 14th overall pick by the Atlanta Braves. This 6′-1″, lefty hails from California. In six innings in the Gulf Coast League he struck out 12 batters. In his debut he struck out the side. This kid could be the next great ace to pitch for the Braves.
How did this guy drop in the draft? Headed into his draft year he was the top ranked pitcher in the country. A stress injury in his back scared off some teams. The Braves liked this prospect so much they drafted his San Clemente High School catcher, Lucas Herbert, 54th overall. He had back surgery and then mowed down the aforementioned batters. The sky is the limit for this young hurler.
In 2014 he was a big reason Team USA struck gold in the Pan American Championship. He struck out an amazing 17 out of the 29 batters he faced. He has a great curveball, a change up and a fastball in the low to mid-90’s.
Kolby Allard’s first MLB licensed autographed baseball card will debuted with the release of 2015 Bowman Draft Baseball, card number BCA-KA.
Here’s some high school video of the phenom:
Here’s a look at his performance at the 2014 Perfect Game All-America Classic:
According to his MLB.com draft profile:
When healthy, he has two plus pitches in his 92-94 mph fastball that tops out at 96 and a tight curveball. Allard’s third pitch is a changeup that needs more work. He has an easy delivery that enhances his ability to command his pitches and his chances to remain a starter despite his smaller build. ETA: 2019
Collectors shouldn’t sleep on a talent like this.
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