As a part of IBI’s beginning of season festivities, we have preview capsules on all 54 players currently in major league camp with at least some chance of helping the big league team. The next batch of these running today are part one of the relief pitchers on the 40-man roster.
There is just not much more to it; spring training is here and real baseball is just around the corner. Enjoy!
Cody Allen, RHP
Despite a major league debut in 2012 that was good but not great (3.72 ERA, 3.68 FIP in 29.0 innings), Cody Allen came into his own in 2013. The right-hander was arguably the best reliever in Cleveland’s bullpen, posting a 2.43 ERA, a 1.0 fWAR, and a 88:26 SO:BB in 70.1 innings. With the departures of Chris Perez and Joe Smith, Allen will feature into the back-end of the bullpen and could threaten to take over as the closer in the near future.
When Allen is in the game he uses his potent fastball-curveball combination to get results. The right-hander threw those two pitches 96.9 percent of the time last year, most often going with the fastball (71.5 percent). That is a lot of fastballs, but Allen gets away with it by averaging over 95 miles per hour with the pitch and getting some decent movement on it. Hitters only made contact against Allen 73.7 percent of the time last year and that swing-and-miss stuff is what made him one of the better relievers in the game. Read More…
From Indians Baseball Insider, March 6, 2014