Very few Twins fans are familiar with Matt Allegra, a 25 year old outfielder playing for the New Britain Rock Cats.
This winter the Twins signed minor league free agent Matt Allegra out of the Oakland A’s organization. The A’s drafted the Atlanta native as a high school outfielder in the 16th round of the 1999 draft. At one time Matt was near the top of the A’s list of outfield prospects and has been a top run producer, although prone to strikeouts, with all to common injuries the biggest roadblock on his journey to the major leagues. In 2002 Matt moved on to the A’s top prospect list following a season at class A Visalia when he had a league third best 93 rbi with 35 doubles, .281Average and 20 home runs in 494 at bats.
In 2003 he moved up to AA Midland where he hit a .239Average with 14 home runs and 69 rbi in 452 at bats. He joined the Twins organization this season as he attempts to rebound from a series of injuries that began in 2004 when he appeared in only 18 games for Midland.
This week Matt had a big week for the Rock Cats when he was 13 for 28 with 8 runs scored, 4 doubles, 2 home runs and 7 rbi. Matt, who leads the Cats with 4 home runs, also has 13 rbi to go with a .279Average.
Should Matt’s numbers continue to improve AND if he can stay healthy, Matt just might be a player with a big right handed bat who could play a role for the Twins a year or two in the future.