Indians Recall Luplow, Option Allen to Triple-A Columbus
Bob Toth | On 28, Apr 2019
Luplow rejoins the Indians after a little over two weeks back on the farm. He was off to a slow start for the Indians, hitting just .200 in his seven games for Cleveland with three singles, two walks, and eight strikeouts in 17 total plate appearances.
The 25-year-old third-year outfielder may have found something back at the Triple-A level. He reached base safely in nine straight games for the Clippers, posting a .353/.476/.618 slash in 42 plate appearances with 12 hits (including three doubles and two homers) while driving in six runs and walking seven times. He also cut back on the early strikeout numbers that he showed in Cleveland, striking out eleven times with Columbus.
In addition to his seven games in Cleveland, Luplow had appeared in 64 games for Pittsburgh over the 2017 and 2018 seasons, hitting a combined .194 with a .274 on-base percentage with four doubles, four triples, six homers, and 18 RBI. He was a third round pick by the Pirates in the 2014 draft out of Cal State Fresno.
The 26-year-old Allen, also in his third season in the Majors, got off to a slow start this season and has struggled to get things going from the offensive side of the game. The versatile outfielder has been able to make a difference in games with his defense and with his speed on the bases, but his inability to get on base on his own (outside of pinch-running opportunities from manager Terry Francona) has limited his opportunities to truly impact each game. After seeing regular time in the second week of the season, Allen has split his time recently between starting in the corner outfield spots and serving as a late inning defensive replacement.
Allen did not get his first hit of the season until his seventh game, when he doubled to lead off the home half of the first to end an 0-for-12 stretch in 15 plate appearances. But another long drought (an 0-for-17 stretch over 18 plate appearances) carried him to his season’s 15th game, when he hit an RBI-double down the right field line against the Atlanta Braves. He had two hits the next game (despite entering in the seventh inning as a defensive replacement), but after four more hitless plate appearances in the series against Houston, his season line stood at .105/.167/.158 with four hits, two walks, six RBI, and 14 strikeouts over 42 plate appearances.
With 135 games under his belt in the Majors, Allen is a lifetime .237 hitter with a .291 OBP, hitting 14 doubles, three triples, three homers, and driving in 32 runs while stealing 22 bases in 26 attempts.
Marred in a season long slump, Allen will benefit from some regular playing time, just as was the case for Luplow. He will join fellow 40-man member Oscar Mercado as well as outfielders Brandon Barnes, Mike Papi, and Trayce Thompson on the Clippers roster as he looks to sort out his plate woes.
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