Nick Allen (allenni02)

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Nicholas Ryan Allen

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Infielder Nick Allen began his professional career in 2017 and was the starting shortstop for Team USA at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

He was already a veteran of the U.S. national team as a youth, being a member of both the U15 and U18 versions. He was drafted out of high school by the Oakland Athletics in the 3rd round of the 2017 amateur draft and signed quickly, beginning his pro career that same year with the AZL Athletics, where he hit .254 in 35 games. He moved to full-season ball in 2018 with the Beloit Snappers of the Midwest League, where he hit .239 in 121 games as a 19-year-old. In 2019, he played 72 games for the Stockton Ports of the California League, improving to .292/.363/.434 with 45 runs. He missed part of the season with an injury, then appeared in the Arizona Fall League.

After sitting out the 2020 season because the minor leagues were shut down by the Coronavirus pandemic, he returned to action in 2021 in the new Double-A Central, with the Midland RockHounds. He took a break during the season, with the A's blessing, to return to the U.S. national team program, earning the job of starting shortstop for the 2020 Americas Olympics Qualifier during which the U.S. punched its ticket for Tokyo, and at the delayed 2020 Olympics.

He made his major league debut with the Oakland Athletics, starting at second base against the Baltimore Orioles on April 19, 2022 and batting ninth. He went 0 for 3 in the game.

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