The newcomer – Greg Allen
On November 10th the Pittsburgh Pirates claimed outfielder Greg Allen off waivers. This came after Allen was designated for assignment by the New York Yankees. Now the switch hitting Allen could play a big role for the Pirates in 2022.
Allen is coming off the best season of his MLB career. While it came in just 28 games with just 48 PAs, Allen hit for a .270/.417/.432 slash line to go with a 120 wRC+ with the Yankees during the 2021 season. He also posted a career best 0.4 WAR while playing all three outfield spots.
Coming to the Pirates, Allen will likely get some sort of opportunity in 2022. It would not be a surprise to see him start in a corner flanking Reynolds. At worst, Allen would likely open the 2022 season as the team’s fourth outfielder.
The former highly touted prospect has plenty of untapped potential left n his game. At 28-years-old, in theory, Allen should just now be entering his prime. This should put him in a position to make an impact for the Pirates in 2022 and perhaps beyond as he is under team control through the 2025 prospects.