Rockies sign Logan Allen to minor league

The Rockies have agreed to a minor league contract with the left-hander Logan Allen during the weekend. It was never officially announced by the club, but the signing seems on the MLB.com transaction logand Allen actually made his debut for Colorado’s Triple-A affiliate last night, pitching three innings and allowing three runs.

Allen, 25, was an eighth-round pick of the Red Sox in 2016 and has at times ranked as a top pitching prospect in multiple organizations. Heading into the 2019 season, he ranked among the game’s top 100 prospects on lists published by Baseball America, MLB.com, and Baseball Prospectus.

However, things didn’t pan out for Allen in the Majors. He appeared in 33 major league games — including 15 starts — between San Diego, Cleveland and Baltimore, but pitched to an ungainly 5.89 ERA in 96 1/3 frames. He hit 15.5% of his opponents, walked 9.6% of them, and kept 46.5% of the batted balls against him on the ground. It’s a solid ground ball rate, but the walk rate and especially the strikeout rate are much worse than the league average.

Allen posted solid numbers throughout the Double-A tier, but found little in the way of continued success thereafter. The Rox are his third organization of the 2022 campaign, having started the year with the Guardians before being designated for assignment and claimed by the Orioles in early May. Baltimore passed Allen by waiver after just three major league roster appearances, and he was released from the Orioles organization a week ago. He gave up five runs in 7 2/3 Major League innings this year (5.87 ERA) and 23 runs in 24 1/3 frames at the Triple-A level (8.26).

Allen will give the Rockies some experienced depth in the upper minors and could eventually become a big league option for an injury-depleted staff. veteran right-hander Chad Kuhl recently returned from a hip injury, but the Rockies lost Antonio Senzatela to a torn ACL last week and have also Ryan Rollison and perspective Helcris Olivarez on the Major League’s 60-day injured list. right handed Peter Lambertmeanwhile, is on the minor league injured reserve and hasn’t pitched since June after feeling new discomfort in his surgically repaired elbow.

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