I spent $2.5 million on a down payment… Forced shutdown for 4 years, 156km prospect ‘terrible bad luck’

The New York Mets invested a $2.5 million down payment to select pitching prospects for the fourth year. Right-hander Matt Allen (22), who drew attention as the biggest pitcher in American high school, is the main character of misfortune.  메이저사이트

American media including ‘MLB.com’ reported the news of Allen’s elbow surgery on the 5th (Korean time). Last month, he underwent another right elbow ligament joint surgery and entered rehabilitation. He is out for the 2023 season due to Tommy John surgery, which typically takes 12 to 18 months to rehab. It is expected to return to action early next year at the earliest or later in the second half at the latest. 

Alan had a knife in his elbow three years in a row. He underwent his first Tommy John surgery in May 2021 and was rehabilitated, but his return was delayed when he underwent ulnar nerve surgery around the elbow joint in January of last year. To make matters worse, this is his second Tommy John surgery, and he has spent three consecutive years of rehabilitation. 

A tall pitcher of 190 cm and 98 kg, Allen is a fireballer who throws a fastball of 97 mph (156.1 km). He was noted as a top prospect in Seminole High School and was drafted by the Mets with the 89th overall pick in the third round of the 2019 draft. He was known to have originally wanted a $4 million down payment, and was pushed back in the nomination list.

However, the Mets boldly picked Allen in the third round and agreed to $2.5 million. The $2.5 million was also treated as a special treatment, four times the amount of slot money ranked by nomination at the time. After joining in 2019, he raised expectations by pitching well in the Rookie League, Low Single A with 6 games (10⅓ innings), 14 strikeouts, 3 runs, and an average ERA of 2.61. 

However, in 2020, a year was wasted as the minor leagues were shut down due to the Corona 19 pandemic. During the expansion camp, he showed his potential by improving his changeup with a fast ball, and his potential was recognized as he ranked 75th overall in the 2021 MLB Pipeline Prospects list and 3rd in the Mets team. 

However, the evil spirit of an elbow injury that started in 2021 haunted him for three consecutive years. It’s been a forced shutdown for 4 years since the corona era. He continues to waste time with surgery and rehabilitation when he needs to experience and grow in the middle of the game. He was born in 2001 and is still only 22 years old, which is a bit of a comfort. 


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