TORONTO, CANADA - JUL 14: Scott Barnes #51 of the Cleveland Indians delivers a pitch during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on July 14, 2012 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
Purchased the Contract of RHP Cody Allen and Recalled him to Cleveland
Optioned LHP Scott Barnes to Columbus (AAA)
First a word about Barnes. Frustrated and overwhelmed would be accurate descriptors of the way he's been pitching lately. This was his third stint with the Indians, and ever since his appearance of the second stint, he's been wild and ineffective. The Indians have been placing him in unfamiliar territory, which is pitching in relief while still throwing a three-pitch mix, which has worked for him in AAA, but not in the majors. He's given up at least one run in every outing since his implosion in Cincinnati (.1 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 2 BB), and perhaps that affected his confidence. Regardless of the explanation, he wasn't going to help the Cleveland bullpen the way was pitching, so he need to go down.
The Indians have an interesting decision make now: do they stick with Barnes as a reliever, or do they have him return to the rotation? Barnes has only thrown 43.1 innings so far this season, so if he's still seen as a starter, it would probably be good to have him build up his innings this year so that they won't be limited with him next year.
Cody Allen was drafted in the 23rd round of the 2011 Draft, and he's one of the first members of that draft class to appear in the majors. Allen has already had Tommy John surgery, and the Indians drafted him as a redshirt sophomre in the 16th round in 2010 while coming back from it, but the two parties couldn't agree on a bonus, so Allen went back to school for his junior year. In 2011, the Indians drafted him again (which they needed Allen's permission to do), so apparently the negotiations weren't that acrimonious the year before.
The Indians were very aggresive in promoting Allen; he appeared in 14 games with Mahoning Valley in 2011 before going to Lake County and ended the season with single appearanaces in Kinston and Akron. He started 2012 in Carolina, but only stayed there for a couple of appearances before returning Akron, and then was promoted to Columbus after just 5 games with the Aeros. He quickly supplanted Chris Ray as the Columbus closer, and he very effective, striking out 9.9/9 innings while allowing just 6.3 H/9. The Indians could have (and still could) use him as one of their few good trade chips before the deadline, but for now he's going to help shore up the club's major-league bullpen.
Rafael Perez should be ready to return to the active roster during the Detroit series, and to make room for him the Indians will likely choose between Allen and Accardo.
Scott Barnes Game Log
Cody Allen Minor League Stats
|2011||22||4 Teams||4 Lgs||A--A-A+-AA||CLE||1.65||23||5||0||54.2||35||11||10||1||14||75||0.896||5.8||0.2||2.3||12.3||5.36|
|2012||23||3 Teams||3 Lgs||AAA-AA-A+||CLE||1.87||31||13||3||43.1||25||9||9||4||9||53||0.785||5.2||0.8||1.9||11.0||5.89|