Cody Allen
Cody Allen
30-Year-Old PitcherRP
Minnesota Twins
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Allen picked the wrong year to struggle as 2018 was his walk year and there were several closers on the market at a time when clubs are devaluing the need to pay a ninth-inning stud. The right-hander continued to rely on two pitches, a four-seam fastball and curve. Both lost a tad of velocity, and trouble locating the bender more up in the zone resulted in a big drop in effectiveness, allowing batters to sit on his fastball. Allen's wOBA on curves was a career worst and while his wOBA on fastballs was close to career norms, hitters clubbed nine of his career-worst 11 homers allowed off the heater. Long balls weren't Allen's only issue as his walk rate was higher and his strikeout rate was his lowest since 2012, his rookie season. Diminishing velocity with worse control and command isn't the optimal profile, but Allen found a team willing to give him another chance to close in the Angels, albeit on only a one-year deal. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Twins in June of 2019.
Heading to Minnesota on MiLB deal
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
June 22, 2019
Allen will sign a minor-league deal with the Twins on Saturday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
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Allen was released by the Angels on Tuesday after posting a 6.26 ERA, 1.91 WHIP and 29:20 K:BB over 25 appearances, only six months into the one-year, $8.5 million contract he signed during the offseason. The low-risk signing makes sense for the Twins given the 4.47 ERA and 1.43 WHIP from their bullpen. According to Dan Hayes of The Athletic, there's no definitive timeline for Allen to move to the majors, but the team does have some ideas to help turn his season around.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-2%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-8%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-16%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-9%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .233 314 102 38 63 9 0 12
Since 2017vs Right .228 373 99 36 76 15 3 17
2019vs Left .244 53 14 11 10 1 0 5
2019vs Right .264 63 15 9 14 5 1 4
2018vs Left .252 139 41 17 30 5 0 6
2018vs Right .212 150 39 16 28 5 1 5
2017vs Left .209 122 47 10 23 3 0 1
2017vs Right .230 160 45 11 34 5 1 8
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-6%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-7%
ERA at Home
2018
Even Split
2017
 
 
-13%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.04 1.17 78.0 5 7 27 11.8 3.8 2.0
Since 2017Away 4.31 1.54 79.1 2 8 34 11.2 4.7 1.4
2019Home 6.08 1.88 13.1 0 2 3 10.1 7.4 4.7
2019Away 6.52 1.97 9.2 0 0 1 13.0 8.4 1.9
2018Home 4.71 1.15 28.2 3 2 12 11.0 5.0 1.3
2018Away 4.70 1.51 38.1 1 4 15 10.6 4.0 1.6
2017Home 2.75 0.92 36.0 2 3 12 13.0 1.5 1.5
2017Away 3.16 1.44 31.1 1 4 18 11.5 4.3 0.9
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Stat Review
How does Cody Allen compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 20 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
1.45
 
K/9
11.3
 
BB/9
7.8
 
HR/9
3.5
 
Fastball
92.3 mph
 
ERA
6.26
 
WHIP
1.91
 
BABIP
.295
 
GB/FB
0.33
 
Left On Base
89.2%
 
Exit Velocity
94.3 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
15.2%
 
Spin Rate
2473 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
54.5%
 
Swinging Strike
9.6%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Andrew Miller's presence in the Cleveland bullpen scared some off from Allen, but Allen held onto his role as the Indians' closer for the entire year and reached 30 saves for a third straight season. His strikeout rate held steady, with Allen besting 11.0 K/9 for a fifth straight season, and he trimmed his walk rate considerably to a career-low 2.8 BB/9. Home runs were a bit of an issue (1.2 HR/9) as opposing hitters were able to get more elevation on the ball (46.3 percent flyball rate, up from 36.1 percent), but that was the case with a lot of talented arms in 2017 and Allen did well to minimize the damage. His fastball velocity remains strong and his curveball is still a headache (.174 SLG against), so there's little reason to expect Allen to suddenly implode. Plus, it's clear at this point that manager Terry Francona prefers to keep Miller in a flexible, multi-inning role rather than confined to the ninth.
Allen has proven to be one of the more stable high-leverage relievers in the game, but he's not without flaws. He struck out a third of the batters he faced in 2016, but also walked another 10 percent and allowed a home run on one out of every six flyballs put into play. Historically, he has been split neutral, but in 2016, lefties did get to him (.214/.295/.382) while righties went up there just hoping to put something safely into play (.136/.230/.270). Allen has been very durable for a reliever the past four seasons, gets strikeouts in bunches and continues to post strong ratios despite a walk rate on the high side. The positives outweigh the negatives, but keep that mind that he may have to continue splitting save chances with Andrew Miller as manager Terry Francona mixes and matches late in games.
Allen took some early-season lumps (two losses and an 11.57 ERA in April) but put those behind him en route to his second consecutive stellar season as the Cleveland closer. Allen finished a league-high 58 games and recorded a career-high 34 saves in his third season for the Indians. He could stand to improve his command a tick (3.2 BB/9 last year), but Allen took a large step forward in limiting the longball in 2015 (two homers in 69.3 innings) after struggling in that department in 2014 (seven homers in 69.7 innings). His K-rate (12.9 K/9) puts him near the league's elite among closers and his ability to carve up left-handed batters (.512 OPS in 2015, .577 OPS for his career) keeps him immune from any platoon splits. Allen has a firm grip on the closer role in Cleveland and there is little reason to think he won't turn in another fine season in 2016.
Allen's big 2013 had many believing he should have been given the closer's role immediately after Chris Perez left, but instead the team went with an experienced arm in John Axford. He had nine saves and a 2.31 ERA in his first 13 appearances before allowing runs in three of his next four, two of which ended up being losses. Allen finally wrestled the job away in late-May and never looked back. In fact, in his final 50 appearances, he had a 1.49 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 35.0% strikeout rate as well as 23 of his 24 saves for the season. Now with back-to-back big years under his belt, Allen is on the cusp of joining the tier of elite closers. There are only a handful of guys who can deliver huge save totals, minuscule ratios and push toward 100 strikeouts and Allen has all the makings of becoming one of those, though his price will be lower than the others for at least the 2015 draft season.
Allen's first full season with the Indians went extremely well in a setup role, and he'll look to build on that success in his second full season in Cleveland. With the departure of Chris Perez, the Indians will be looking at new options to close out games in 2014, and though John Axford is expected to get the first crack at the job, Allen could have a chance at displacing him. Allen struck out 29.2 percent of the batters he faced last season (11.3 K/9) and managed to limit the damage of the baserunners he had by posting an 84.6 percent strand rate. Leaning on a two-pitch arsenal that features a mid-90s fastball and a curveball, Allen figures to assume a significant role in the Cleveland bullpen again in 2014.
Allen dominated in stops at High-A Carolina, Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus before appearing in 27 games out of the Cleveland bullpen in his first full season of pro ball. He fared pretty well in his time with the Indians and has a two-pitch arsenal with a mid-90s fastball and a nice curve that suits him well. He'll need to iron out some command issues but has the stuff to miss bats at the big league level. The Indians are well stocked from the right side of the bullpen, but Allen figures to compete for a spot this spring.
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Cut loose by Los Angeles
PFree Agent  AAA
June 18, 2019
Allen was released by the Angels on Tuesday.
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Cast off 40-man
PLos Angeles Angels  AAA
June 15, 2019
Allen was designated for assignment Saturday.
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Roughed up in relief
PLos Angeles Angels  AAA
June 10, 2019
Allen was charged with two runs on two hits and retired one batter in his relief appearance in Sunday's 9-3 loss to the Mariners.
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Returns from injury
PLos Angeles Angels  AAA
May 7, 2019
Allen (back) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Tuesday.
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Expected back Tuesday
PLos Angeles Angels  AAA
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May 5, 2019
Manager Brad Ausmus said he expects Allen (back) to return from the 10-day injured list Tuesday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
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