3 Minor Leaguers most likely to help Cleveland Indians in 2020

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Logan Allen was once a highly regarded player, previously named one of MLB’s top 100 prospects.

The projections didn’t pan out, as Allen struggled with his delivery during the 2019 season. The Indians acquired him in the three-way trade that sent Trevor Bauer out and brought in Franmil Reyes and Yasiel Puig.

Considering the Indians’ consistency in developing young starting pitching, they’ve got to like their chances in fixing Allen, who should be lending a hand on the corner of Carnegie and Ontario.

The Indians have depth in the rotation. Adam Plutko is out of options, which means the 28-year-old could make the team as the fifth starter. That means Aaron Civale or Zach Plesac will open the season in Columbus.

With a line to Cleveland forming on I-71 north, Allen may be able to cut because he can help in the bullpen.

His only appearance with the Indians came toward the end of August, when he hurled 2.1 innings of relief.

When you factor in that predicting bullpen success is about as easy as predicting when spring will arrive in northeast Ohio, you can go ahead and assume the Indians will need to lean on Allen at some point in 2020.