Matt Allen, one of the best right-handed pitching prospects for the New York Mets, was once again caught up in an injury.
‘MLB.com’ reporter Anthony DiComo reported on the 5th (Korean time), “The Mets announced that Allen had undergone Tommy John surgery in January.” This is Allen’s second Tommy John surgery, and he has had three elbow surgeries, including surgery on the ulnar nerve.
Allen began his pro career with the Mets’ pick in the 2019 draft. At the time, he was highly anticipated as he ranked third overall in the pitching rankings behind Alec Manoa (Toronto Blue Jays) and Nick Rodolo (Cincinnati Reds).
He ranked 5th in the Mets prospect rankings for the 2020 season and 3rd in the 2021 season, and last year, he appeared to be on the verge of advancing to the major leagues as he was named 10th. But injuries came to him.
Of course, he wasn’t plagued with injuries in the first place. In 2019, his first year as a professional, he went back and forth between the Rookie League and Single A 안전놀이터, recording 1 win, 2.61 ERA and 14 strikeouts. However, this was his last record.
In the 2020 season, the minor league schedule was canceled due to the new coronavirus, and in the 2021 season, he could not get on the mound due to surgery. Since then, he has been on the operating table since the beginning of this year and predicted another absence, and reporter Dicomo predicted that he would miss not only the 2023 season, but also the 2024 season.
First of all, Allen will start a rehabilitation program in the summer and will be with the team for this minor league spring camp.