Matt Allan: Brooklyn Cyclones High-A Affiliate *(Injured List)
If there was one attribute to credit former Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen with, it was his “willingness to fail in his pursuit of greatness.”
Outside of the team’s incredibly exciting summer of 2019 – a period in which they went 46-26 from July-September before the clock ran out on them – there was not much else to celebrate during his short reign.
Except for the two stellar draft classes (’19 & ’20), which were arguably the only good thing from the BVW Era.
Van Wagenen pulled off two deep First-year Player drafts; snagging RHP Matthew Allan in the third round during his first draft as Mets GM.
Before going down with season-ending (and potentially career-threatening) Tommy-John surgery, RHP Matt Allan ranked as the No. 66 prospect in MLB with an Estimated Time of Arrival to the majors of 2023.
Mets ETA: Delayed due to injury. Possibly 2024.
The team’s third-round pick in 2019, is expected to miss the rest of the 2021 season and most, if not all, of the 2022 season, which will push his MLB debut back at least a year if not totally derailing what looked to be a very promising baseball career.
Fortunately, many current MLB stars have had Tommy John surgery during their own road to the show, including current Mets ace Jacob deGrom. This points to a strong possibly that Allan will follow their example.
The hard-throwing, potential ace initially began working with deGrom in July 2020 during spring training 2.0, where he could already dial his fastball up to 97 mph while maintaining the composure of a veteran on the mound.
As an emerging and potentially dangerous right-hand pitcher, his arrival at the major league level is greatly needed. And one that could put the Mets mostly veteran pitching over the top with his services.