Saints Lasso Second Baseman in Three-Team Trade, Ride off Former Frontier League MVP Josh Allen
ST. PAUL, MN - Back in December the St. Paul Saints pulled off a three-team trade that netted them an MVP. The Saints, Lincoln Saltdogs (American Association) and Evansville Otters (Frontier League) worked out a deal in which the Saints sent outfielder Tim Colwell to the Saltdogs, the Saltdogs in turn sent catcher Mike Rizzitello and a player to be named later to Evansville and the Otters sent one of their franchises best players to the Saints, second baseman Josh Allen. On Thursday the Saints officially signed Allen for the 2018 season.
The 26-year-old right-handed Allen spent his entire four-year professional career with the Otters and last season he hit .310 with a career high 15 home runs and 47 RBI in 94 games. In 345 at bats he scored a career high 83 runs, smacked 12 doubles, six triples, walked 66 times, 12 stolen bases, and had a .429 on base percentage and .510 slugging percentage for a .939 OPS. Allen was selected to the mid-season All-Star game, his third in four professional seasons, and as a Post-Season All-Star at second base. He finished tied for first in the Frontier League in runs, third in on base percentage, tied for fourth in triples and fifth in walks. The Otters made the playoffs, the third time in Allen's time with the team, but lost three-games-to-one in the first round to the Schaumburg Boomers.
Allen's season was highlighted by a two home run and five RBI game on May 20 vs. Gateway. He had 10, three-hit games and a four-hit game on June 17 at Washington. Allen homered in back-to-back games three times, which included homering in four straight games from July 21-23. He had two home runs in the second game of a doubleheader on July 22 vs. Washington.
In 2016 Allen had a career year and was named the Frontier League MVP. He hit a franchise record .354 with nine homers and 46 RBI in 94 games. In 347 at bats he scored 75 runs, rippled a single-season franchise record 34 doubles, nine triples, stole a career high 29 bases, with 59 walks, a .458 on-base percentage, .582 slugging percentage, for an eye-popping 1.041 OPS. He helped guide the Otters to the Frontier League Championship. He was in the top five in nearly every major offensive category. He was first in total bases (202), doubles, extra-base hits (54), and slugging percentage, second in average, runs, hits (123), and on-base percentage, tied for second in triples, fourth in stolen bases, and fifth in walks.
Allen's 2016 season was highlighted with 14, three-hit games and three, four-hit games. He doubled in back-to-back games six times, which also included doubling in three straight from September 2-4 and four straight from August 20-24. During that latter streak he collected three doubles on August 23 vs. Normal. Perhaps the most impressive number were his four stolen bases on June 23 at Florence.
In 2014 Allen was signed by the Otters out of a tryout camp and in his rookie season he hit .290 with five homers and 30 RBI in 67 games. He was selected to the All-Star Game and finished third in the league in stolen base percentage (.917). The Otters made the playoffs, but lost in a one game playoff to the Washington Wild Things.
Allen's second season saw him hit .259 with nine home runs and 48 RBI in 92 games.
For his career Allen finished as the Otters all-time leader in triples (19), stolen bases (76), and hit by pitches (51), second in games played (347), at bats (1,222), hits (374), doubles (70), RBI (171), runs (261), and total bases (596), and third in home runs (38) and walks (191). Allen played all 347 games in his career at second base and has a .975 career fielding percentage.
Allen graduated from the University of West Florida, where he spent one season, his senior year, and hit .337 with two home runs and 19 RBI.
This is the third player the Saints have signed in the off-season. Allen joins first baseman Brady Shoemaker and infielder Noah Perio. The Saints had signed infielder Jake Hager, but he signed with the Milwaukee Brewers organization on February 20.
The Saints begin the 2018 season on the road against the Gary SouthShore Railcats on Friday, May 18. The Saints first game at home is on Monday, May 21 against the newest member of the American Association, the Chicago Dogs, at 3:05 p.m.
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