Former University of Central Arkansas baseball player Forrestt Allday was recently named the Pacific Coast League’s Player of the Week after posting a .600 batting average, 18 hits, eight extra base hits and 31 total bases.
Allday, who is currently in the San Diego Padres organization, playing for the El Paso Chihuahuas, is batting .323 in 35 games for the Padres’ Triple A affiliate.
Allday started the year with the San Antonio Missions in Double A Texas League, the same league the Arkansas Travelers and Northwest Arkansas Naturals play.
Through 41 games at San Antonio, Allday hit .248, slugged .283 and reached base at a .331 clip.
He also had five doubles, four RBI with 36 hits across 145 at bats.
In Triple A, he has been even better, hitting .323, slugging .484 and getting on base at a .433 clip.
He has 10 doubles, two triples, two home runs and 17 RBI across 40 hits in 124 at bats.
In 2016, Allday spent 28 games with the Arkansas Travelers, for the then Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim affiliate, hitting .281, slugging .371 and posting a .385 on-base percentage.
Allday has played in the minors since 2013 after being drafted in the eighth round by the Boston Red Sox the same year.
Allday stayed in the Red Sox organization through April 1, 2016, when he was released.
Seven days later, Allday signed a minor league contract with the Angels, reporting to the Orem Owlz.
Allday moved up the ranks during the 2016 season, going from Rookie Ball Owlz to Advanced A ball Inland Empire 66ers on April 23.
Allday was then called up to the Travelers on June 11 before being called up to Triple A affiliate Salt Lake Bees on August 20.
Going back and forth from Triple A to Double A in 2017, Allday elected free agency when the season concluded Nov. 6.
Allday would then sign with the Padres and would be assigned to the Missions on April 1 before being promoted to El Paso May 31.
During his time at UCA, Allday flourished in coach Allen Gum’s outfield, earning Southland Conference Student-Athlete of the Year honors after his senior season, posting a 3.57 GPA.
He became the first baseball Bear to earn this honor.
He was a first-team all-conference outfielder in his senior season, hitting .365, leading the SLC in runs scored (59), on-base percentage (.503) and walks (53).
He started all 64 games for the Bears, who made it to the NCAA Tournament, losing in the first round after failing to get past regional host Mississippi State, a team UCA took two of three games from earlier in the season.
Allday’s play allowed him to be the second Bears’ draft pick in the Division I era and the highest UCA pick since Marquis Riley went in the second round.
The Chihuahuas are headed to the all-star break.