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Cody Allen
Birthdate: 11/20/1988 (28 y, 4 m, 3 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-1/210     Position: P
Drafted: 2011 June Amateur Draft - Round: 23, Pick: 7, Overall: 698, Team: Cleveland Indians
Contract: $7.4M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Allen completed a simulated game Thursday morning with no issues, Jordan Bastian of reports. (3/2/2017)
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Profile: One of the stars of the Indians playoff run last season, Cody Allen will be back in the closer role for one of the league's best teams in 2017. Allen now has four consecutive years of 80+ strikeouts and an ERA under 3.00. At just 28-years-old, Allen is one of the more consistent late inning relievers in the game and is a good closer to target in any format. There will be the looming threat of Andrew Miller behind him, but the Indians are a more forward thinking team when it comes to relief pitching, as evident last October. They would rather keep Miller in a "bullpen ace" role and Allen in the closer role, but it is reasonable to expect Allen to cede way to Miller every so often, especially since Miller is a lefty and Allen a righty. One item to monitor is Allen's velocity. He has gradually dropped velocity in his fastball from 95.3 to 94.2 over the past three years. He was fortunate in terms of balls in play last year, which kept his ERA very low, but his home run allowed total jumped by 400%. That could obviously be tied to a velocity drop, and a further drop could cause a bit of worry for owners and prospective owners alike. 

The Quick Opinion: Allen was great last year again, but he lost a bit of velocity and saw his home run numbers jump up simultaneously. He has solid standing to remain closer, but the threat of Andrew Miller behind him makes him a bit less attractive than the top tier closers. 

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