The Cleveland Indians promoted former High Point University pitcher Cody Allen from Triple-A Columbus to the Big Leagues on Friday afternoon. Allen pitched for the Panthers in 2011 and was drafted by the Indians in the 23rd round that year.
Allen posted a 1.87 ERA in 31 games this season, spent between Class A Carolina, Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus. He has 35 strikeouts in 31.2 innings for the Clippers at the Triple-A level.
Last year, the right-hander went 5-1 with a 1.65 ERA across four Minor League levels, ending with a stint in Double-A. Allen was drafted twice by the Indians, the first time around in the 16th round in 2010 and then in the 23rd round in 2011.
In two years as an Indians farmhand, Allen has piled up 128 strikeouts against 23 walks with a 1.74 ERA in 98 innings.
Allen went 4-6 in his season with the Panthers, leading the team with a 3.12 ERA and 83-2/3 innings pitched. He earned Second-Team All-Big South honors. According to the Indians, Allen is the second member of 2011 draft class to reach MLB, joining Trevor Bauer of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Allen becomes the second HPU player to make it to the Major Leagues. Richard Broadus Culler played for the Athletics, White sox, Braves, Cubs and Giants from 1936-1949.