Future Watch: Kolby Allard Rookie Baseball Cards, Braves

Future Watch: Kolby Allard Rookie Baseball Cards, BravesFuture Watch: Kolby Allard Rookie Baseball Cards, BravesKolby Allard was drafted 14th overall by the Atlanta Braves in the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft fresh out of San Clemente, High School in California. Soon after he pitched three games in Rookie Ball and he was off and running.

In 2016, he started out playing for the Danville, Braves in Rookie Ball and ended that season with the Rome Braves in A-Ball. His combined stats were 8-3, with a 2.98 ERA with 95 strikeouts in 87 2/3 innings.

In 2017, he pitched for the Mississippi Braves in Double-A. He pitched 150 innings, struck out 129, was 8-11 with a 3.18 ERA. That year was solid enough that the Braves called him up for a cup of coffee. He started one game and pitched in three. He was 1-1 and had a 12.38 ERA. He was young and needed some fine tuning.

According to his MLB.com Draft Profile:

Allard’s fastball comes in at 88-93 mph, grading out as fringy based only on velocity, but it plays up to average because he commands the pitch well. Both his changeup and curve can be above-average, but neither present themselves as true out pitches at the big league level. He’s a good strike-thrower, but needs pinpoint command to have success in Atlanta. Allard is way ahead of the curve age-wise, providing hope he can figure things out. He knows he can’t make a mistake over the plate and is very good to his arm side, but he needs to improve his glove side command. With a tendency to pitch away to right-handers, good hitters will sit on that, so an ability to pitch to all quadrants is essential. If he can establish that glove side command, even if off the plate, that could help him stick as a back-end starter in the big leagues. ETA 2019.

Collectors can get his 2019 Topps Big League autographed rookie card.

Here’s a look at his MLB debut:

The 6-1 lefty has pitched the last two seasons in Triple-A for Gwinnett. His combined numbers so far are 11-7 with a .611 winning percentage and a 3.17 ERA in 184 innings. He’s going to get a call up very soon. The Braves are the best in the NL in drafting and developing players. Don’t miss out on this 21-year-old.

Follow him on Twitter @KolbyAllard.

Future Watch: Kolby Allard Rookie Baseball Cards, Braves – Stats

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2018 20 ATL NL 1 1 .500 12.38 3 1 0 0 0 0 8.0 19 12 11 3 4 0 3 1 1 0 47 35 9.16 2.875 21.4 3.4 4.5 3.4 0.75
1 Yr 1 1 .500 12.38 3 1 0 0 0 0 8.0 19 12 11 3 4 0 3 1 1 0 47 35 9.16 2.875 21.4 3.4 4.5 3.4 0.75
162 Game Avg. 17 17 .500 12.38 51 17 0 0 0 0 136 323 204 187 51 68 0 51 17 17 0 799 35 9.16 2.875 21.4 3.4 4.5 3.4 0.75
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/17/2019.

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