Allan de San Miguel
Allan Murray de San Miguel
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 9", Weight 200 lb.
- High School South Fremantle High School
Allan de San Miguel reached high A ball when he was only 17 years old but peaked at AAA.
Allan was signed by the Minnesota Twins at age 16. He debuted as a pro in 2005, playing for the GCL Twins (.204/.295/.315 in 23 games) and Fort Myers Miracle (.242/.333/.303 in 11 games). He threw out half of the 40 runners who tried to steal against him. When he made his Fort Myers debut on August 10, he was the youngest player (age 17) in team history.
In 2006, de San Miguel was 1 for 5 with 4 walks for the Western Australia Heelers in his Claxton Shield debut. He spent the 2006 minor league season with the Beloit Snappers, hitting .208/.306/.257 in 71 contests. He was with Australia for the 2006 World Junior Championship. In the 2007 Claxton Shield, the Western Australia backstop went 3 for 15 with 2 walks. He spent most of the 2007 minor league campaign with Beloit (.190/.263/.333 in 34 games, 20 RBI in 105 AB) and went 1 for 3 with Fort Myers. He missed time with a sprained right ankle and fractured left pinky in a rough year.
Allan hit .289/.438/.447 in the 2008 Claxton Shield, showing some progress with the bat. In the minors that year, he hit better for Beloit (.269/.396/.362 in 45 games) but struggled with Fort Myers (8 for 65, 21 K). He was on the provisional Australian roster for the 2009 World Baseball Classic but did not make the final cut. He hit .308 with a .441 OBP to help the Perth Heat win the Claxton Shield in 2009.
As an organizational backup in the summer of 2009, he played for Beloit (3 for 9, 3 BB, 2B), Fort Myers (.231/.383/.286 in 36 G), the New Britain Rock Cats (.196/.387/.304 in 22 G) and Rochester Red Wings (1 for 1). He hit .262 for Perth in the 2010 Claxton Shield. His woes in the minors in terms of average continued - he hit .194/.352/.345 in 49 games for Fort Myers, .217/.362/.283 in 16 games for New Britain and was 5 for 68 with 6 walks, a homer and 28 whiffs for Rochester.
When the Australian Baseball League was re-started in 2010-2011, Allan played for Perth. He hit .283/.408/.449 and made the league leaderboard in runs (26, 7th), hits (39, 8th), walks (26, tied for second with Jeremy Cresswell), OBP (6th, between Michael Collins and Matt Kennelly) and OPS (10th). After a poor start with New Britain in 2011 (.190/.244/.238 in 13 G), the Twins let him go.
He made his debut for the Australian senior national team in the 2011 Baseball World Cup but was 1 for 9 with a HBP and made two errors as the backup catcher behind Joel Naughton. He played for Perth in the 2011 Asia Series. He remained productive for the Heat in the 2011-2012 ABL: .293/.400/.478, 7 HR, 26 BB, 31 R in 43 G. He also won the Gold Glove as the top defensive player regardless of position that winter. He tied Brad Dutton for 10th in the league in runs, was third in walks (behind Brian Burgamy and Justin Huber) and ranked 7th in OBP. Perth defended their title successfully.
The Baltimore Orioles signed de San Miguel for 2012 and he played for three of their affiliates: the Frederick Keys (.260/.355/.385 in 30 G), Bowie Baysox (.225/.315/.423 in 31 G) and Norfolk Tides (0 for 3). In the 2012-2013 Australian Baseball League, he produced at a .294/.401/.459 clip for Perth, very similar numbers to the prior two seasons. He had 29 runs, 13 doubles, 30 RBI and 26 walks in 46 games - his third straight 26-walk campaign. He tied Mitch Dening for 7th in runs, tied Dening and Cody Clark for third in doubles, tied Clark for 9th in total bases, tied Carter Bell for 6th in RBI, tied Ji-man Choi for 4th in walks and just missed the top 10 in OBP. He again won the Gold Glove, this time sharing the honor with Stefan Welch.
De San Miguel and Matt Kennelly split the catching for Australia in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Allan was 0 for 4 with two whiffs. Coming up with two on, two out and a 4-1 deficit in the 9th inning of their last game, he struck out against Loek van Mil of the Dutch national team as Australia was eliminated. The Western Australia native spent the summer of 2013 with Frederick, hitting .240/.366/.421 with 10 homers in 65 games. He was a backup for Perth in the 2013-2014 ABL (.263/.368/.456). Baltimore did not retain his services and he moved to the independent leagues that summer, hitting .203/.289/.332 in 61 games for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, with 51 whiffs in 187 AB.
Playing for the Heat, he was named MVP of the 2014-2015 Australian Baseball League finals in which Perth defeated the Adelaide Bite in three games. In the regular season, he had hit .260/.378/.377, tying David Kandilas and Welch for 6th in RBI (31) and finishing second with 29 walks (3 behind Joey Wong). In the finals, he was 3 for 11, but his two-run double off Will Mathis in the 10th inning was the big blow in Game 2 to tie the series and he drove in two more in Game 3 as Perth won its fourth title in five years. He was briefly back in AAA with the 2015 Red Wings (3 for 8).
In the 2015-2016 ABL, he remained sharp for Perth (.265/.363/.508, 14 2B, 10 HR, 27 BB, 32 RBI in 52 G). He was 6th in the league in doubles, tied Justin Williams for second in homers (four behind Kyle Petty), tied Jack Murphy for 9th in walks, was 7th in slugging (between Bryan Pounds and Rhys Hoskins) and 10th in OPS (between Hoskins and Logan Wade).
The Bentley native was back with Australia for the 2017 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers. He ended their opening win over the Philippines national team; facing Ernesto Binarao, he hit into a game-ending error by Brady Conlan to score two and make it a mercy rule contest. He homered off Carl Michaels of South Africa in the finale to clinch Australia's spot in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. For the tournament, he was 2 for 11 with two runs and his only RBI coming on the homer as he played all three games at catcher for the Southern Thunder. Though he tied Brad Harman for the team's home run lead at one, he had the lowest OPS of their regulars.