The Tampa Bay Rays have sold the rights to first baseman Brandon Allen to a Japanese club, the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, according to Robert Mooney of The Tampa Bay Tribune. The 26-year-old has played for three different teams at the major league level in the past three seasons and struggled to stick with any of them. He will now be headed to Japan looking for a role and consistent playing time.
#Rays sold Brandon Allen to Fukuoka Softbank Hawks of the Japanese Central League— RMooneyTrib (@RMooneyTrib) July 27, 2012
Allen hit just .203/.290/.375 in his career, which was just 389 plate appearances over several stints at the big league level. He did hit 12 home runs, but posted a brutal 42/137 BB/K rate.
While he didn't hit for average in the minor leagues, the Texas native couldn't post similar power numbers at the next level. Frankly, he just didn't hit enough to remain at the big league level as a first baseman.