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Brandon Allen heads to Japan

Jul 27, 2012, 6:11 PM EDT

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Having failed in 41 games with the A’s in 2011 and going unclaimed on waivers this year, Brandon Allen apparently didn’t see himself getting another chance in the majors anytime soon. As a result, the 26-year-0ld allowed the Rays to sell his rights to the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks on Friday.

Allen was an excellent minor league hitter, batting .283/.390/.543 with 63 homers in 1,043 at-bats in Triple-A, but he couldn’t ever really get it going in the majors. In 344 at-bats with the Diamondbacks, A’s and Rays, he hit .203/.290/.375 with 12 homers, 41 RBI and 137 strikeouts.

With youth still somewhat on his side, Allen could find his way back to the majors someday. For now, it looks like he’ll join Wily Mo Pena in the middle of the Hawks’ lineup.

  1. drewsylvania - Jul 27, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Not sure why he never really got a chance.

  2. delchef9 - Jul 27, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    137 strikeouts in less than 350 at bats maybe???

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 28, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      Yeah, but he could also send it a mile when he actually did connect.

  3. hcf95688 - Jul 28, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    I liked him during his short time with the Athletics. I wish him the best of luck.

  4. agc99 - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Nothing wrong with playing in Japan.

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