2019 MLB Playoffs: Pitching prospects that could make a difference in AL

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 07: Deivi Garcia #64 of the American League Futures Team pitches during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Progressive Field on Sunday, July 7, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 07: Deivi Garcia #64 of the American League Futures Team pitches during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Progressive Field on Sunday, July 7, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /
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Cleveland Indians – Logan Allen

Had this been written a month ago, Aaron Civale would have earned this spot. Instead, it is another young pitcher that could end up making an impact for the Cleveland Indians down the stretch.

Acquired as part of the surprise three team trade between the Indians, Padres, and Reds, Logan Allen already had a taste of the majors. However, he struggled in his eight outings with the Padres, posting a 6.75 ERA and a 1.816 WHiP over his 25.1 innings, with 13 walks and just 14 strikeouts.

Those results show one of the concerns when it comes to Allen. He is noted for his feel for pitching and four pitch mix, but is considered to have a higher floor than ceiling. Indeed, his change is his only real plus pitch, with his fastball being the only other above average offering, despite sitting only in the lower 90s.

It is also worth noting that the Indians do not have many holes in the pitching staff. The rotation is solid, and when Carlos Carrasco returns, it will be as a reliever. However, the Indians could use a reliever capable of logging multiple innings, a role in which Allen could fit. There, he could focus on his fastball and changeup, making him a more effective pitcher.

The Cleveland Indians do not have many holes on the pitching staff. Should an opening appear, Logan Allen could be the right option.