Allan Dykstra

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Allan Dykstra
Allan Dykstra 2008.jpg
Dykstra with the Lake Elsinore Storm, San Diego Padres high-A affiliate, in 2008.
Sugar Land Skeeters – No. 30
First baseman
Born: (1987-05-21) May 21, 1987 (age 28)
San Diego, California
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 8, 2015 for the Tampa Bay Rays
Career statistics
(through April 19, 2015)
Batting average .100
Home runs 1
Runs batted in 3
Teams

Allan Dykstra (born May 21, 1987)[1] is an American professional baseball player with the Sugar Land Skeeters in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He was the starting first baseman for Wake Forest Demon Deacons during his college career, and was drafted 23rd overall by the San Diego Padres in the first round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft.

Early years[edit]

Dykstra is the son of Randy and Cathy Dykstra. His brother, James, currently plays in the Chicago White Sox organization.[2] He is not related to former Mets and Phillies player Lenny Dykstra.[3] Dykstra was a member of the San Diego Stars 12U team that won 1999 AAU national championships. In 2001 he played for 14U team USA at the Pan-American games in Honduras.

He played for Sam Blalock at Rancho Bernardo High School where he helped take the team to the Palomar League Championship. He was selected to the 30 man trials for 18-and-under Junior National Team in 2004 and attended the Perfect Game Western Underclass Showcase where he was rated the number two prospect. In the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft, Dykstra was drafted in the 34th round by the Boston Red Sox.[4]

College career[edit]

Dykstra played college baseball at Wake Forest University for coach Rick Rembielak while majoring in business. Dykstra won a multitude of awards in his freshman season including being named ACC rookie of the year and named to the ACC all-academic team. Dykstra was named freshman All-American by rivals.com, Louisville Slugger, and Baseball America. He was selected to the Dick Howser Trophy watch list and the 2006 Pepsi Baseball Classic All-tournament team. Statistically, Dykstra led the team in slugging percentage, on-base percentage, RBIs, home runs, walks, sacrifice flies and tied for the lead in starts.

Allan Dykstra at Bat in the 1999 12U AAU championship game

In 2007, Dykstra was named to the All-ACC academic team and second team All-ACC. He was named a Golden Spikes Award finalist along with being named to the midseason watch list for the Brooks Wallace Award. Dykstra had a monster year statistically in the ACC tying for first in home runs, and ending in the top ten of walks, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, RBIs and total bases.

Dykstra hit .308/.444/.481 for the 2007 Chatham A's in the Cape Cod League. He was 8th in the league in average, third in RBI (31) and third in OBP. He made the CCL All-Star team at DH. Baseball America named him the #16 prospect in the Cape Cod League.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Dykstra was drafted 23rd overall in the 2008 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres. Dykstra signed a contract with the Padres on August 15, 2008, just before the deadline to sign draft picks.[6]

The Padres traded Dykstra to the New York Mets in exchange for RHP Eddie Kunz on March 29, 2011.[7]

Dykstra was named the 2013 Eastern League Most Valuable Player after hitting .274 (102-372) with 22 doubles, 21 home runs, 82 RBI and 56 runs scored. He led the EL in on-base percentage (.436), walks (102) and OPS (.938) and slugging percentage (.503). Dykstra was also tied for fifth in home runs and fourth in RBI. His on-base percentage was the highest in the Eastern League since 2006 and his walk rate (21.1) was also the highest in the EL since 2006. He was selected to the Eastern League postseason All-Star team and was the starting first baseman for the EL All-Star Game on July 10.

The New York Mets announced (on 9/27/13) that first baseman Allan Dykstra and catcher Kevin Plawecki were named the Sterling Minor League Organizational Co-Players of the Year.[8]

Tampa Bay Rays[edit]

After the 2014 season, Dykstra was granted free agency and signed with the Tampa Bay Rays.[9]

Despite not making the Opening Day roster, Dykstra was called up to the big leagues for the first time on April 8th, 2015, to replace an injured James Loney. On April 17, 2015, with his father in the stands, Dykstra hit his first Major League home run, a three-run shot, off of Adam Warren of the New York Yankees.

Dykstra was designated for assignment by the Rays on April 25, 2015. He was released by the Rays on June 26, 2015.

Sugar Land Skeeters[edit]

After being released by the Rays, Dykstra signed with the Sugar Land Skeeters in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.

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