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Allan Christopher Dykstra

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Allan Dykstra at bat during the 1999 12U AAU championship game.

Allan Dykstra was a first-round pick of the 2008 amateur draft.

Allan was a member of the San Diego Stars 12 and under baseball team that won the AAU National championships in 1999. Allan was selected to the Honorable mention All-Tournament team. [citation needed]

In 2001, Allan was selected to represent the United States in the 14 and under Pre-Junior Pan American games in Honduras. Allan played 1b, 3b and left field and was the "Closer" for the USA team. In 6 and 2/3 innings, Allan did not allow a base runner nor any inherited runner to score. The USA team finished third with only two losses, one each to Brazil and Venezuela. [citation needed]

Two years later, Allan was invited to play for the Orange County Dawgs in the prestigious Super 7 tournament hosted by East Cobb Baseball. This tournament invites the Top 16 and under teams from around the country. The Dawgs selected Southern Californian players from Lompoc to San Diego. The team finished 6-2 and in third place. Allan was selected to the All-Tournament team and won the batting champion trophy for the best hitter at the tournament. Allan batted .562, hit 4 home runs and had an OBP of .695. [citation needed]

In 2004, Allan was one of the 30 players selected for Team USA trials. Players were chosen exclusively from the age-eligible players who participated in the Ninth Annual Tournament of Stars. Allan had the highest batting average and OBP of the tournament, and #2 slugging percentage. However he was not a member of the final team for the 2004 World Junior Championship as his arm was injured and he could not pitch; Ike Davis got the first base job instead. [citation needed]

Allan played for the 2005 Rancho Bernardo High School team. The Team won the Lions Torunament and the San Diego Section of CIF. Allan help lead an attack that scored more runs than any other Rancho Bernardo team. Allan hit .433 with 14 HRs, 50 RBIs, 52 runs scored. He only had one error all year playing all the games at 1B. Allan was selected to the 1ST team All-Palomar league, 1st team All-CIF, and 2nd Team All-State of California. [citation needed]

In June, he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 34th round of the 2005 amateur draft. He choose to go to The Alaskan Summer League and accept his scholarship to Wake Forest University.

At Wake Forest, Allan emerged with a fine rookie year in 2006, batting .324/.478/.670 and leading Wake Forest in slugging, OBP, RBI (56), walks (51) and homers (15). He was named a second-team freshman All-American by Baseball America, behind Justin Smoak at first base. He led the Atlantic Coast Conference in slugging, tied for second for home runs and tied for third in OBP. He was named the ACC Freshman of the Year, beating out Buster Posey, Yonder Alonso and Jemile Weeks. He went on to play for the Chatham A's in the Cape Cod Baseball League and led the league in RBI (29). His 7 home runs were four behind leader Smaok.

Dykstra batted .310/.479/.615 in 2007. He tied Yonder Alonso for the ACC home run lead, was third in the conference in walks (57) and 5th in both slugging and OBP. He reached base safely in all but 3 of 63 games and tied the Wake Forest single-season walk record.

Allan hit .308/.444/.481 for the 2007 Chatham A's in the Cape Cod League. He was 8th in the league in average, third in RBI (31) and third in OBP. He made the CCL All-Star team at DH. Baseball America named him the #16 prospect in the Cape Cod League.

Allan batted .323/.519/.645 in his junior year, 2008. He led the Deamon Deacons in average, slugging, OBP, runs, RBI, home runs, total bases, walks and HBP. He was selected to the ACC All-Tournament team.

In June, Dykstra was the 23rd overall pick by the San Diego Padres in the MLB amatuer draft. He was signed by scout Ash Lawson and made his pro debut with the Lake Elsinore Storm on August 24, going 0 for 3 with 2 walks, 2 strikeouts and a run against the Bakersfield Blaze. With only 7 games left in the season after his debut, Dykstra finshed with a .292/.469/458 with 5 runs scored and 10 RBI.

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