The Cleveland Indians will be playing in Puerto Rico for the next two days against the Minnesota Twins and were allowed to bring an extra player.
The extra player the Indians appear to be bringing is outfield prospect Greg Allen. Many have clamored for Allen to be called up to the major league team after Tyler Naquin‘s struggles to start the season.
But this stay will be a temporary one for Allen. He will be returned to the minor leagues once this series is over, but Allen is sure to be excited about the opportunity, even if only for a few days.
MLB has allowed both the Cleveland Indians and the Minnesota Twins to bring a 26th man to this two game set in Puerto Rico, and the extra player could not be a pitcher.
As Bastian correctly guessed, Allen will be the player chosen to round out the roster.
Latest on Allen
To start this season, Allen is hitting .200/.355/.320 with three doubles and four stolen bases already. He’s drawn three walks compared to six strikeouts in his 25 at bats.
While the batting average isn’t very high right now, the high percentage of extra base hits is promising as well as the four stolen bases. He’s reached base only eight times so far and swiping four bags is a very high percentage.
The 25 year old Allen is the Tribe’s ninth ranked prospect and he’s currently blocked by Bradley Zimmer and Tyler Naquin on the organizational depth chart. Whatever Allen does in this two game series likely won’t change that, but every at bat is an opportunity.
The Cleveland Indians now have six outfielders on their active roster. Given the lack of stability at the position, an extra player couldn’t hurt.