The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has selected the contract of RHP CODY ALLEN from the Triple-A Columbus Clippers. To allow room on the Major League roster, the Indians optioned LHP SCOTT BARNES to AAA Columbus.
Allen, 23, has enjoyed a quick ascent through the Indians Minor League system after being selected in the 23rd round (698th overall) of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of High Point University (NC). He has split the 2012 season between Class-A Carolina, AA Akron and, most recently, AAA Columbus, going a combined 3-2 with 3 saves and a 1.87 ERA in 31 relief appearances (43.1IP, 25H, 9R/ER, 9BB, 53K). He is averaging 11 strikeouts per 9.0IP with a walk/9.0IP ratio of 1.9 while limiting Minor League hitters to a .166 (25-151) average against for the season.
Allen began the campaign with the Carolina Mudcats where he made 2 scoreless appearances before being promoted to AA Akron on April 10. He was later elevated to Columbus on April 26 and has since posted a mark of 3-2 with 2 saves and a 2.27 ERA in 24 outings with the Clippers (31.2IP, 22H, 8R/ER, 9BB, 35K, .195AVG). Since June 7th he owns an ERA of 0.56 (16.0IP, 5H, 1R/ER, 17K, .098AVG) in 13 appearances and has not allowed a run over his last 5 outings (6.0IP, 3H, 6K). His two-year professional ERA is 1.74 (98.0IP, 60H, 19ER, 23BB, 128K) with a .175 (60-343) average against. He is making his debut at the Major League level wearing #37.
Barnes has posted an ERA of 8.10 (10.0IP, 12H, 9R/ER, 7BB, 10K) over 7 relief outings for the Indians this season.
Allen is the second member of the 2011 draft class to reach the Major Leagues along with Arizona RHP Trevor Bauer (3rd overall pick).