In a move that many have been waiting months for, Fort Wayne TinCaps starting pitcher Logan Allen has been promoted to High-A Lake Elsinore. Joining him with the Storm will be TinCaps closer David Bednar. While no corresponding moves have been officially announced by the teams at this time, Kyle Glaser has reported that starting pitcher Jerry Keel and closer Colby Blueberg have been placed on the disabled list.
Allen was with Fort Wayne in the second half last year, and posted a 3.33 ERA in 54 innings (15 appearances) while boasting a 7.8 K/9 rate. He has stepped it up significantly this year, dropping his ERA down to 2.11 in 68.1 innings (13 starts) and raising his K/9 rate to a whopping 11.2. He has been one of the most consistent starters in the Padres system, not allowing more than three runs or three walks in any of his games. Allen turned 20 last month, and it will be interesting to see if the youngster acquired in the Craig Kimbrel trade can continue his dominance in the Cal League.
Bednar has also had a great season as well. At 22 years old, he might be a little old for Single-A, but the numbers show that he’s ready for a call up, however short or long it may be. The 35th round pick from last year’s draft (he was the lowest drafted player to sign with San Diego) has a microscopic 0.861 WHIP and a 13.4 K/9 rate that is the envy of the organization. While Blueberg was a Cal League All-Star, the drop off between him and Bednar might not be as steep as some might think.
As a bit of speculation, the Mad Friars Twitter account (@MadFriars) reported that Allen was listed on the Lake Elsinore roster (from the team website) to have the number 18 – a number that belongs to Storm starter Eric Lauer. Though Glaser reported that there were no corresponding promotions and that they were simply being called up to replace injured players, it would seem to make sense for Lauer to get called up to Double-A after the season he’s having. He owns the fifth lowest ERA in the Cal Legue (2.49) and has the sixth most strikeouts (84), and the Kent State alum seems ready for another challenge.
For what it’s worth, Allen wore 26 with the TinCaps this year. The Missions are currently at the All-Star break, with the Texas League All-Star Game taking place in Frisco, Texas.
Padres Prospectus has covered the pitching pieces in the minor league system, and who would likely move in the event of promotions, but we will keep you posted as news gets out.