Brandon Allen promoted
HOUSTON — When the D-backs acquired first baseman Brandon Allen from the White Sox last month, they viewed him as their first baseman of the future.
The future, it turns, out is now.
Allen was promoted from Triple-A Reno on Saturday and the first baseman was in the starting lineup, batting fifth, against the Astros.
“It’s exciting to have him here,” D-backs manager A.J. Hinch said. “He knows what he’s doing at the plate, he’s got a lot of power, he’s got a lot of strength through his swing, he plays a good first base, he’s pretty athletic, he runs better than his body would indicate because he’s big. He’s a very gifted player.”
The 23-year-old figures to get the overwhelming majority of playing time at first with Chad Tracy taking a seat on the bench.
The team’s other first baseman, Josh Whitesell, was demoted to Reno to make room for Allen. Whitesell was hitting .194 with one home run.
Allen, who was born about 45 minutes from Houston, has hit .324 with 12 homers in 145 at-bats since joining the D-backs organization. He found out Friday night that he was going to be headed to Houston and had trouble sleeping.
“I was real excited, nervous, but it’s all for the better,” he said.
Allen head the talk about being the organization’s first baseman of the future when the trade happened, but he said that did not change his approach.
“I’m still a minor league player,” he said. “I’ve got a lot of work to do. Hopefully I can stay in the big leagues but I’ve got to keep working my butt off.”