Kolby Allard

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Kolby Allard
Atlanta Braves – No. 36
Pitcher
Born: (1997-08-13) August 13, 1997 (age 21)
Anaheim, California
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
July 31, 2018, for the Atlanta Braves
MLB statistics
(through September 5, 2018)
Win–loss record1–1
Earned run average12.38
Strikeouts3
Teams

Kolby Kenneth Allard (born August 13, 1997) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was selected by the Braves as the 14th pick in the first round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft.

Early life and amateur career[edit]

Kolby Allard was born in Anaheim, California on August 13, 1997, to parents Kenny and Kristi. He has a younger brother.[1] Allard began playing baseball at the age of five, and focused on pitching at age ten.[2]

Allard attended San Clemente High School in San Clemente, California.[2] As a junior, he had a 1.32 earned run average (ERA) with 98 strikeouts in ​62 23 innings pitched.[3] After the season, he played in the Perfect Game All-American Classic, where he was named MVP after striking out the side in the inning he pitched.[4] Later in the summer he played for the USA Baseball 18U National Team.[5][6] Allard's senior season ended prematurely after he suffered a stress fracture in his back.[7] Prior to the injury, Allard was projected to be a top 10 pick in the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft.[8] He committed to play college baseball for the UCLA Bruins.[9]

Professional career[edit]

Allard was selected by the Atlanta Braves as the 14th pick in the first round of the 2015 draft.[10] His high school batterymate, Lucas Herbert, was also drafted by the Braves, 54th overall.[11] Allard signed with the Braves on July 9 for $3 million.[12]

He began pitching for the Gulf Coast League Braves in August 2015. After three scoreless appearances, he was shut down for back surgery which was described as a "minor back procedure."[13] The Braves sent Allard to extended spring training to start the 2016 season.[14] Allard spent 2016 with both the Rome Braves and the Danville Braves.[15][16][17] In 2017, he pitched for the Mississippi Braves.[18][19][20] The next year Allard was invited to spring training and ultimately began the season with the Gwinnett Stripers.[21][22] Allard pitched ​109 13 innings for the Stripers, recording a 2.80 ERA, 87 strikeouts and 33 walks.[23][24] He was promoted to the major leagues for the first time on July 30, 2018.[25] Allard made his major league debut the next day, pitching five innings against the Miami Marlins, yielding four earned runs on five hits, as well as two walks and one strikeout.[26] Aged 20 at the time of his first appearance, Allard became the youngest left-handed pitcher since Charlie Vaughan in 1966 to record a win in his debut.[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lloyd, Eddy (July 7, 2016). "Allard's home debut magical". Star Tribune. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Sondheimer, Eric (February 22, 2015). "Entering baseball season, Kolby Allard is at the top of his game". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  3. ^ Halley, Jim (March 5, 2015). "San Clemente's Kolby Allard and Lucas Herbert are lone ALL-USA Preseason Baseball teammates". USA Today. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  4. ^ Breazeale, Steve (August 14, 2014). "Allard on top of his game". San Clemente Times. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  5. ^ Breazeale, Steve (September 3, 2014). "Allard, Herbert Named to USA 18U Baseball Team". San Clemente Times. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  6. ^ Connolly, Kenny (August 1, 2014). "Opportunities abound for Molnar, Allard". Orange County Register. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  7. ^ Manuel, John (March 20, 2015). "Back Injury Sidelines Kolby Allard". Baseball America. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  8. ^ Stephenson, Creg (July 10, 2015). "Atlanta Braves sign top draft pick Kolby Allard to $3 million bonus". The Birmingham News. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "Kolby Allard - Player Profile". Perfect Game USA. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  10. ^ Bowman, Mark (June 8, 2015). "Braves take prep lefty Allard with No. 14 pick". MLB.com. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  11. ^ Bowman, Mark (June 9, 2015). "Braves get Herbert, Allard's catcher, at No. 54". MLB.com. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  12. ^ O'Brien, David (July 9, 2015). "Braves sign top draft pick Kolby Allard". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  13. ^ Bowman, Mark (November 19, 2015). "Braves top Draft pick Allard has 2nd back surgery". MLB.com. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  14. ^ Bowman, Mark (April 5, 2016). "Allard staying patient during rehab process". MLB.com. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
  15. ^ Stewart, Jeremy (March 1, 2017). "Rome Braves enter 2017 with renewed momentum". Rome News Tribune. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  16. ^ "The Rome Braves Rotation is Ridiculous, Especially in Playoffs". Fox Sports. June 30, 2017. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  17. ^ Tichenor, Alex (June 14, 2017). "After draft, names could be headed to D-Braves roster". Danville Register and Bee. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  18. ^ Brandt, David (May 2, 2017). "Braves 'fast-forward' 19-year-old pitchers Allard, Soroka". Savannah Morning News. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  19. ^ Hummer, Steve (June 9, 2017). "Down on farm in Mississippi, young Braves creating a stir". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  20. ^ Gilberto, Gerard (September 1, 2017). "M-Braves' Allard records first career shutout". MILB.com. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  21. ^ Bumbaca, Chris (March 9, 2018). "Braves reassign Soroka, Allard to Minors camp". MILB.com. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  22. ^ Burns, Gabriel (April 5, 2018). "Acuna, Soroka, Allard lead 2018 Gwinnett Stripers". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  23. ^ Bowman, Mark (July 30, 2018). "Braves to use prospects in 6-man rotation". MLB.com. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  24. ^ Burns, Gabriel (July 30, 2018). "Kolby Allard to make major league debut Tuesday". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  25. ^ Rogers, Anne (July 30, 2018). "Allard to make big league debut on Tuesday". MLB.com.
  26. ^ McElhaney, Tori (July 31, 2018). "Prospect Allard debuts, picks up hit in 1st AB". MLB.com. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  27. ^ Vivlamore, Chris (August 1, 2018). "It was a short stay, but Kolby Allard will be back". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved August 1, 2018.

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