Top Prospects of the Day: Kolby Allard Outshines Michael Kopech in Pitching Duel
Thursday saw some very good pitching performances by different types of prospects. Kolby Allard and Michael Kopech went head-to-head in Double-A while pitchers Scott Blewett and Anthony Banda both had impressive games in different levels.
6 innings pitched-3 hits-0 Runs Allowed-11 strikeouts
Kolby Allard was dominant once again on Thursday night, lowering his season ERA in Double-A to 1.36. Allard keeps on showcasing his talent and it doesn’t matter what level it is, he has looked untouchable. Facing another top prospect in Michael Kopech, Allard brought his A game and it paid dividends. Allard would strike out 2 batters in each of the first 2 innings and would continue this dominance throughout the game. He did not get into much trouble the entire game, spreading out 3 singles through the 6 frames, only allowing 1 at most in an inning. Allard would leave the game after 6, but not after striking out 11 batters, tying his career high. Allard’s pitch count was 95 when he left the game.
Allard is one of the Brave’s top pitching prospects and made the jump directly from Low-A to Double-A this season and to Allard there doesn’t seem to be a difference between the levels. He is just as dominant this year as he was last year in Low-A. Allard keeps upping the ante and putting out better performance after better performance.