By Sean Tuttle
It isn’t often you see a player progress through the minor league system at the rapid speed of which Cody Allen has done in the Tribe’s farm system. It is even rarer for a pitcher to do so. In the short month of April alone, Allen has gone from Single-A Carolina, to Double-A Akron, and all the way up to top tier Triple-A Columbus.
The 23-year old righty, was born in Orlando,Florida, and was drafted by the Indians not once, but twice, first in the 16th round of the 2010 MLB June amateur draft, and again in the 23rd round last June.
Last year, Allen climbed the ranks after spending 14 games in Mahoning Valley, had a record of 3-1 an ERA of 2.14 in 33.2 innings of work, struck out 42 batters and only allowed one home run. He spent seven games in Lake County going 2-0 with no ERA, struck out 28, and only allowed ten hits. He then spent one game apiece in Kinston and Akron before the season came to a close.
This year the hard throwing right hander is continuing to stun batters. After only two games in Carolina, Allen allowed only one hit in four innings of relief, and struck out eight. He was then sent to Akron where he appeared in five games, saving one, allowing only two hits, one home run, and struck out ten in seven and two-third innings of work. Allen now resides in Triple-A Columbus where he has made one appearance in which he received the win. In only two innings, Allen allowed one hit and struck out two.
Allen is definitely catching the eyes of a lot of Tribe fans, and it has to be hard for the front office to ignore what is going on with Allen’s progress. The only question is, what if Allen continues to shine like he has in the month of April? When will he get his chance at the major league level? It may not happen until September, barring any major injury, but this rookie deserves a shot to prove himself when the time is right.
Minor League Round-Up
As of May 1st, the Columbus Clippers (AAA), are currently 13-11 overall and two games back of first place. Infielder Matt LaPorta is currently tied for third in the International League with a batting average of .380. He has hit safely in 19 of his last 21 games this season. LaPorta is currently second in the league in slugging percentage at .759, tied for third in home runs with eight, tied for third in extra base-hits with 14, fourth in total bases at 60, fifth in OBP at .451, and tied for fifth in hits with 30. Columbus continues to lead the league in batting with a .287 average.
The Akron Aeros (AA), are currently 16-6 overall and in first place by three and half games. They are currently riding a seven game win streak, longest by any of the Indians organizations this season. Outfielder Jared Goedert is first in the Eastern League in batting with a .400 average. Through 22 games, the Aeros lead the league in team ERA with a 2.28 mark. Outfielder Tim Fedroff has hit safely in six of his last seven games, and hitting at a .304 batting average.
The Carolina Mudcats (A), are currently 11-13 overall and five games out of first. The Mudcats are 8-1 when scoring first this season as opposed to 3-12 when their opponent scores first. Outfielder Jeremy Tice has a four game hitting streak, is tied for second in the league in doubles with eight, tied for fourth in RBI’s with 18, and four in extra-base hits with 12. Right handed Reliever, Jose Flores, is tied for second in the league in saves with four.
The Lake County Captains (A), are currently 8-16 and are ten games out of first. Outfielders Luigi Rodriguez has a five game hitting streak, is second in the Midwest League in hitting with a .349 average and is tied for second in triples in the South Atlantic League (3) with fellow teammate and outfielder, Jordan Smith. Infielder, Francisco Lindor has a five game hitting streak, is batting .524, and leads the South Atlantic League in At Bat’s with 102. Outfielder, Bryson Myles has a five game hitting streak of his own, including two straight multi-hit games, and three multi-hit games in his last four. Myles is batting a .474 average with two doubles, and four RBI’s.
Toru Murata was transferred from Columbus to Carolina
Kyle Landis was transferred from Columbus to Akron
Trey Haley has been activated from the 7 day DL in Carolina
Jordan Cooper was placed on the 7 day DL in Carolina with a left groin strain
Jordan Casas was transferred from Carolina to Lake County
Patric Tolentino was transferred from Lake County to Mahoning Valley
Cody Allen was transferred from Akron to Columbus
TJ House was transferred from Carolina to Akron
Mason Radeke was transferred from Lake County to Akron
Patric Tolentino was transferred from Mahoning Valley to Lake County
Kyle Blair was transferred from Lake County to Carolina
Lonnie Chisnehall was placed on the 7-day DL in Columbus, retroactive to April 29th with a strained left calf.