Cleveland Indians: 3 underperforming players from the first half

Logan Allen #54 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
Logan Allen #54 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /
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Cleveland Indians, Logan Allen
Starting pitcher Logan Allen #54 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Ron Schwane/Getty Images) /

Logan Allen, SP, Cleveland Indians

Entering the season, the Cleveland Indians had two spots in the starting rotation up for grabs. As injuries piled up and prospects failed to produce that soon turned into all five spots with question marks. One player that has been given multiple chances and still has yet to prove himself is Logan Allen.

Originally one of the starters out of Spring Training, Allen actually started the season decently well. He gave up just two runs in his first start and only one in his second, going five innings in each start. Then everything started to spin out of control.

In his third start, five runs crossed the plate under Allen’s watch over two innings. Only three were earned, but that was the beginning of the end. His next start last only 2.1 innings and allowed four runs. Then he gave up six in 1.1 innings and was sent down to Columbus before April ended.

After spending time in Columbus, Allen has made two spot starts in Cleveland. The first was part of a doubleheader and he looked better, giving up three runs, two earned, in 3.2 innings. However, the most recent saw five earned runs in 3.1 innings.

At this point, Allen might not see the majors again this season. Once the starting rotation gets healthy there will only be two spots up for grabs at most. While the rest of the rotation hasn’t been great either, there’s better options than Allen to put on the bump.

Over 19 total games in the majors and 61 innings, Allen has a career ERA of 6.79. The questions are going to start coming of whether he should be moved to the bullpen or maybe just isn’t cut out for the majors. He’s only 24-years old, but another change of scenery might be what it takes to get him back on track.