Allen, who's battling for a backup catcher job, is hitting .379 with two doubles, two home runs, nine RBI, two walks and six runs across his first 14 Cactus League games.
The 26-year-old got his first taste of big-league regular-season action last season with the Padres, slashing .215/.282/.277 across 71 plate appearances over 34 games. Allen was then traded to the Athletics in January in the transaction that sent Jurickson Profar to San Diego, and the backstop is now battling promising prospect Jonah Heim for the right to serve as Sean Murphy's primary backup behind the dish. Heim has made a strong impression in his own right -- the 24-year-old is hitting .333 through 11 Cactus League contests -- so the job battle is one that could come down to the final days of spring training.
Allen and a player to be named later were traded to the Athletics from the Padres on Monday in exchange for Jurickson Profar, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
Allen made his major-league debut for the Padres in 2019, where he hit .215/.282/.277 with three RBI and 21 strikeouts over 71 plate appearances. He'll provide organizational depth at catcher in 2020 behind Sean Murphy (knee) and Josh Phegley. This move is good for Allen's long-term prospects, as he is a bat-first catcher (career .844 OPS in the minors) who would benefit from the ability to get starts at designated hitter, although that may not be in the cards this season.
Allen was recalled from Triple-A El Paso on Friday.
Allen will replace Francisco Mejia, who was sent to the injured list Friday with a right oblique strain. He's slashing .255/.327/.340 with four doubles and three RBI over 24 games this season in the majors.
Allen was optioned to Triple-A El Paso on Wednesday.
Allen appeared in just three games during his most recent stint with the big club, going 1-for-3 with a double and two strikeouts. The backstop should return in September when rosters expand. Nick Margevicius was summoned from the minors in a corresponding move.
Allen is expected to be recalled from Triple-A El Paso on Saturday, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
Allen will be called up for the third time this season to serve as catching depth. While he's held his own at the big-league level, Allen has been even better in El Paso, slashing an impressive .330/.379/.663 line in 67 games, albeit in a hitter-friendly environment.
Allen is hitting .488 (20-for-41) with four home runs during his current 10-game hitting streak with Triple-A El Paso.
The hot streak has pushed Allen's season slash line to an impressive .331/.381/.658 through 66 games with El Paso. He has slugged 20 homers overall after hitting 22 during each of his last two seasons in the minors. The 25-year-old had two stints with the Padres earlier this season, registering a .250 average with no long balls in 44 at-bats.
Allen was optioned to Triple-A El Paso on Tuesday, Bill Center of MLB.com reports.
Allen was called up Friday to replace Austin Hedges, who was placed on the bereavement list to begin the second half of the season, but he failed to collect a hit in two at-bats. Allen will head back down to Triple-A now that Hedges has been reinstated.
Allen has been recalled from Triple-A El Paso, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
With Austin Hedges beginning the second half of the season on the MLB bereavement list, Allen will take his roster spot until he returns. The 25-year-old has slashed .262/.340/.333 in 19 games at the big-league level this season.
Allen was optioned to Triple-A El Paso on Monday.
Allen has been with the big-league squad since May 11, posting a .262/.340/.333 slash line with three RBI over 19 games during that stretch. Francisco Mejia was recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move.
Allen will start at catcher and bat seventh Sunday against the Nationals.
He'll receive a second straight turn behind the dish while top backstop Austin Hedges contends with a sprained left ankle. Allen, who is hitting .276 in 14 games this season, may be worth keeping an eye on in NL-only formats or deeper mixed leagues that start two catchers each week in the event Hedges' ankle issue forces him to the 10-day injured list.
Allen was called up from Triple-A El Paso on Saturday.
Allen will join the Padres as Francisco Mejia lands on the injured list with a knee sprain. Allen figures to serve as backup catcher to Austin Hedges while Mejia remains sidelined.
Allen was added to San Diego's 40-man roster Tuesday.
Allen was one of four prospects protected from the Rule 5 draft. He finished the 2018 season at Double-A San Antonio and should start next year at Triple-A following a solid showing through 119 games (.290/.351/.506 slash line).
Allen, 24, is hitting .327/.380/.605 with 14 home runs and 30 RBI across 242 plate appearances for Double-A San Antonio this season.
Allen's power production doesn't come as much of a surprise after he smacked 22 long balls with High-A Lake Elsinore last season, but his performance in the Texas League has been eye-popping nonetheless. After capturing player of the month honors for the circuit in April, Allen has made an early case for earning additional hardware in June, as he's slashing .406/.429/.875 through eight games this month. For all his success this season, Allen's path to big leagues is still muddled by his poor defense behind the plate. It's unlikely the big-bodied slugger will profile as anything more than an emergency option at catcher, so he's realistically a first base/designated hitter prospect.
Allen, 23, is hitting .296/.364/.516 with 18 home runs and 70 RBI through 97 games for High-A Lake Elsinore.
Allen has been even better over his last 10 games, batting .359 with two home runs and 10 RBI. He is not afraid to take a walk either, and his defense has been improved. The Padres do have Austin Hedges, though Allen could move quickly up the organizational ladder due to his age, size and hitting acumen.
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