3. Logan Allen, P
This Logan Allen was the one who was picked up by the Tribe in the trade for Mike Clevinger.
Interestingly, Allen saw an increase in his velocity during the 2020 season, as Tribe fans got to see him pitch 10.2 innings. As Baseball America noted, Allen averaged 94 miles per hour and regularly hit 96. That’s a big, big deal.
Remember, Allen was a former top 100 prospect when the Indians picked him up form San Diego. Fans hoped the Tribe’s wizardry with produce pitchers would pay off with Allen.
The increase in velocity certainly keeps that hope alive.
He has the ability to pitch in the rotation, as well as the bullpen. That versatility certainly helps his chances of waring an Indians uniform in 2021.
Cal Quantrill was getting a lot of the buzz in the media to land the No. 5 spot in the rotation. That said, Allen’s ability to pitch in relief means he can be a big-time contributor because bullpens are really going to be valuable.
Managers should be cautious with how they press their starters considering how wonky 2020 was. Need someone to eat innings? Allen is a candidate.