The New York Mets announced that Matthew Allan, the former Top-100 pitching prospect, underwent UCL revision surgery in January.
This will be Allan’s third procedure on his right elbow since being drafted in the third round of the 2019 MLB draft. His second procedure was an ulnar transposition surgery, common for pitchers who have undergone Tommy John before.
The procedure he underwent in January 2023 was essentially a second Tommy John surgery, which revises the initial T-J surgery that Allan had in May 2021.
Mets prospect Matt Allan, who underwent Tommy John surgery in May 2021, had a UCL revision in January. The timeframe for that sort of procedure is similar to the recovery for Tommy John, meaning Allan is likely to miss this entire season and possibly some of next year.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) February 4, 2023
Allan has only managed 10.1 innings between the GCL Mets and the Brooklyn Cyclones in his professional career thus far and has not pitched in the minor leagues since 2019.
In the 2019 class, he was regarded as one of the premium high-school pitching talents available. When he went undrafted on the first day of the draft, the Mets structured the second day of drafting to select the right-hander, eventually signing him for a $2.5 million signing bonus, well above the slot value of $667,900.
The scouting team, led by Marc Tramuta and Tommy Tanous, drafted inexpensive college seniors for the rest of the day to save the bonus pool money required.
Allan, now 21 years old, is considered one of the Mets’ best pitching prospects, but he’s having trouble getting back on the field, a shame for the right-hander.
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Alex Worth is covering the New York Mets during 2023 as part of the growing team of writers at Bat Flips and Nerds. Follow him on Twitter @AlexWorth17