Mets prospect Matt Allen feeling ‘dominant’ as he joins Brooklyn Cyclones
Matt Allan pitched in big league camp before going through his first full season of minor league baseball.
That experience has the Mets’ top pitching prospect feeling downright confident as he nears the start of the High-A season with the Brooklyn Cyclones, who are set to begin their schedule Tuesday in Asheville, N.C.
“I think I had the most nerves going into big league camp, and I think being there and being around the guys and a lot of veterans, it really calmed me down,” Allan said Thursday on a Zoom from Port St. Lucie. “Now being in minor league camp, I really feel — I think a good way to say it is just dominant. Facing some of the big leaguers and 40-man guys and generally older guys to facing my level, High-A guys, Double-A guys, I think honestly I just feel pretty dominant.
“I’m looking to take that into the season.”
Allan, the Mets’ third-round pick in 2019, will be joined by third baseman Brett Baty, the Mets’ first-round pick from the same year, on the Cyclones. Both briefly played for Brooklyn when it was the Mets’ short-season rookie affiliate in 2019 before the 2020 minor league season was canceled because of COVID-19.
The return of the minors, after both prospects had to settle for exhibitions at the alternate site and instructional league last year, has Allan and Baty champing at the bit for the games to begin.
“Playing a different uniform [at minor league spring training] has just been amazing, and it brings out the competitive juices in everybody,” said Baty, the Mets’ No. 4 prospect, per MLB.com, who joined Allan at major league spring training this year.
Allan and Baty will get their first real experience of the minor league life — long bus rides included. Baty, who played 42 games in the rookie Appalachian League in 2019, got more of a taste of it than Allan, who went from the Gulf Coast League to then-low-A Brooklyn for one start.
But both said they were looking forward to embracing the grind as they get to find out how their talent plays against a new level of competition.
“They’ve made tremendous strides over the past year, even without playing,” Cyclones manager Ed Blankmeyer, the former St. John’s coach, said. “They’re very mature, they’re very focused, they have an excellent work ethic, they’re great teammates and they’re real super kids. The Mets got two very good ones there.”
Published at Fri, 30 Apr 2021 01:19:28 +0000
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