The story just keeps getting worse for the Marlins prospect (if he is still considered that anymore)
Back in May 2003 JackieÂ MacMullan of the Boston Globe wrote an article about this topÂ talent
“You look at him five years down the line, and you like his chances,” said the scout. “He throws hard, he has a decent curveball, and he’s got good baseball smarts. He looks like a kid you can teach.”
“He is,” said a second scout, “the best prospect from this area in 15 years.”
In the article Theo Epstein seemed to have some concern over talents like Allison
“The history of the draft demonstrates taking a righthanded pitcher out of high school in the first round is a risky venture,” said Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein. “It’s an extremely long road from high school to the minor leagues to the big leagues. There’s a lot of attrition, mostly because of injuries.
“It’s hard to keep pitchers healthy for a long period of time. These young guys have so many adjustments to make, from mechanics, to facing better hitters, to dealing with bigger crowds. Some make it, and some don’t. And, even those that do tend to make it with a team other than the one that drafted them.
And if you read the December 2004 Sports Illustrated Article you will know that Allison’s coach seemed to blinders on about the situation
“I know what they say about high school pitchers getting drafted, but I’ve been around 34 years, and this kid is the exception to the rule,” said Nizwantowski. “He has his wits about him. None of this stuff has gone to his head. He acts like any other kid we’ve got, but when he gets behind the stripes, you can’t believe how focused he is.”
This is a story that I haveÂ followed from the time Allison was in high school. While this is a very tragic story,Â based on what I read this was a kid who seemed to think he was invincible.
His chance and MLB stardom might have passed, but I hope it is not too late for him to turn his life around. I would think there are thousands of high school athletes who fail because of the pressures to succeedÂ at theÂ next level.Â If Allison can overcome his problemsÂ he might have the opportunity to teach young people (not just athletes)Â how to make the best of their opportunities. IMO that accomplishmentsÂ would be more rewarding than anything he could have accomplished on the field.
Best of luck Jeff
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