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Tribe's sixth-rounder Allen gets rave reviews

Tribe's sixth-rounder Allen gets rave reviews

There was no shortage of Major League comparisons for the Tribe's sixth-round Draft pick on Friday.

Greg Allen, a speedy junior center fielder out of San Diego State, went to the Indians with the 188th overall pick, as the club continues to add organizational depth in the outfield on Day 2 of the First-Year Player Draft. Among the players his game resembles: Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin, after whom Allen says he models his game.

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"He is sort of lanky and lean, kind of like Cameron Maybin," analyst Jonathan Mayo said on MLB Network. "He doesn't have the power that Maybin can sometimes show, but in terms of the way he plays defense, he has a chance to be a really good center fielder. I think he's a top-of-the-order guy when all is said and done."

Allen projects primarily as a leadoff hitter with a straightforward compact swing. He doesn't offer much in the way of power, hitting just two home runs as a college player, but he did put up a .304/.389/.377 line to go with 61 stolen bases in three seasons with the Aztecs.

The 21-year-old switch-hitter entered the season as a second-team preseason All-American selection by Baseball America, and he strung together a stretch of 24 consecutive games where he reached base safely.

Allen has even drawn parallels to the son of the man who has coached him at San Diego State.

"I've got a comp to Tony Gwynn Jr.," MLB.com's Jim Callis said.

Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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