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Cody Edward Allen

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[edit] Biographical Information

Pitcher Cody Allen made the majors one year after being a 23rd-round draft pick.

[edit] Amateur Career

Allen was All-Conference all four years in high school and also was a quarterback on the football team. As a college freshman at the University of Central Florida, he was 2-1 with a save and a 4.58 ERA while fanning 45 in 39 1/3 IP and walking 12. He was redshirted as a sophomore. He then had a 3-4, 4.48 record for St. Petersburg Junior College in 2010. He was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 16th round of the 2010 amateur draft but did not sign. Transferring again, he went 4-6 with a 3.12 ERA and 89 K in 83 2/3 IP for High Point University in 2011. He was second in the Big South Conference in strikeouts and was second-team All-Conference.

[edit] Minors

He was then taken by the Indians in the 23rd round of the 2011 amateur draft (the scout was Bob Mayer). He would be the first member of that Indians draft class to make the majors despite his middling round selection. Allen made his pro debut that summer with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. He bounced between four Indians affiliates, going a combined 5-1 with a 1.65 ERA and .182/.245/.240 opponent batting line for Mahoning Valley, the Kinston Indians, Lake County Captains and Akron Aeros with 75 K in 54 2/3 innings. He continued his quick rise in 2012, with stops for the Carolina Mudcats (1 H, 0 R, 8 K in 4 IP), Akron (2 H, 10 K, 1 RT in 7 2/3 IP, Sv) and the Columbus Clippers (3-2, 2 Sv, 2.27, 35 K, .98 WHIP in 31 2/3 IP).

[edit] Majors

He was called up to the majors by Cleveland in July 2012 to replace Scott Barnes and made his big league debut on July 20th, hurling a scoreless inning of relief against the Baltimore Orioles. He relieved Derek Lowe in the midst of a 10-2 rout, entering with a 7-1 deficit, a man on and no outs in the 4th. He began on a rough note, walking Matt Wieters and Wilson Betemit. Chris Davis ground in inherited runner Adam Jones. Allen recovered to fan Mark Reynolds and get Ryan Flaherty on a grounder. Esmil Rogers replaced him to begin the 5th.

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