In a system that has produced Gold Glove-winners Matt Chapman and Matt Olson in recent years, A’s prospect Nick Allen has stood out for his defensive acumen at short. A’s manager Bob Melvin called Allen “a magician at short” this spring. Former A’s shortstop and current minor-league coach Bobby Crosby says Allen is a big-league shortstop now, from a defensive perspective. While the pandemic robbed Allen — and so many others — of the opportunity to showcase his skills in official game action this summer, he’s taken advantage of his time at the A’s alternate site and now at their fall Instructional League to continue his climb toward the big leagues.

It’s rare to find consensus when canvassing for opinions on prospects, but everyone seems to agree on Allen becoming an above-average defensive shortstop in the big leagues. Considered the top defensive infielder in the 2017 draft when the A’s got him out of high…





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