It certainly appears at first glance that the Miami Marlins have landed yet another steal in the 2021 MLB Draft. No, he wasn’t projected as a first round pick, but his previous track record playing against elite competition certainly speaks for itself.
Miami Marlins select OF Tanner Allen with the No. 118 Overall pick in the 2021 MLB Draft.
The Marlins have taken Mississippi State outfielder Tanner Allen with the No. 118 overall pick in the 2021 MLB Draft. If you’re wondering if or where you’ve heard that name before, you probably have as Allen was a massive piece of the Bulldogs’ 2021 College World Series winning team this past season.
Allen was previously drafted in the late rounds of both the 2017 and 2019 MLB Draft, but elected to go, and then remain at Mississippi State where he turned in a phenomenal four years for the Bulldogs.
Always a strong hitter at Mississippi State, Allen enjoyed a phenomenal 2021 season offensively winning the 2021 SEC Player of the Year, as well as the conference’s batting title slashing .383/.456/.621 with 11 HR’s, 66 RBI’s, and 11 SB’s. For his career in Starkville, Allen slashed .336/.411/.522 with 23 HR’s and 182 RBI’s.
Allen’s left-handed swing makes consistent contact to all-fields while also sporting some quality power as well. Also posting improved run-times over the course of his college career, Allen plays an above-average right field defensively to pair with an accurate arm. While right field was his position during the 2021 season, Allen has also spent time at first base, left field, and third base during his time with the Bulldogs.
Allen is overall a proven college prospect with an excellent track record both offensively and defensively. When looking back in a couple of years at the Marlins overall draft this year, selecting Allen in the fourth round might end up being one of the best picks from Miami in this draft.